Friday, July 20, 2012

Getting The Message Out There

What i really like about being able to come back to Jeju and participate in World Environment and Island Summer School is that it provides a platform; a platform where i get the opportunity to get people thinking about, talking about, and engaging with the issues. This year i'll give a presentation and workshop on some of the problems affecting our seas - acidification, rising sea temperatures, over fishing, pollution, and so on. It's an opportunity to get people thinking about why they should care.

Jeju Big Swim will again be a part of the World Environment and Island Summer School program. As a platform, Jeju Big Swim has enormous potential to promote environmental education and raise environmental awareness. 

Whilst i am enormously grateful for the support given by WEISS, for Jeju Big Swim to reach its full potential there is a need for a passionate and committed individual or group to take it to the next level. It will take a lot of work as 2010 and 2011 JBS team member Sung Mi can attest to ~ liaise with community groups to raise participation levels, seek sponsorship, market, publicise and promote the event to the media and the public, arrange and organise entertainment, and the million and one other things that go into making such an event. 

Jeju Big Swim has the potential to be big - an annual event whereby dozens, hundreds, thousands of people swim for the environment. Jeju is just the start. Just imagine -  a Seoul Big Swim, a Pusan Big Swim, a Mokpo Big Swim, a Pohang Big Swim ..... Get your togs on!

Huge potential indeed!


Thursday, July 19, 2012


I have been invited, once again, to participate in this year's World Environment and Island Summer School. Though not finalised i believe i'll be presenting a paper and conducting a workshop. I'll also be swimming. There is a 1km swim scheduled for Saturday, July 28th at Udo or Biyangdo Beach (not sure on the details yet!), and a 1km swim on Sunday 29th at Kimnyoung.

If there are any swimmers out there come along and join in. You can facebook me at the Jeju Big Swim Community page or at "Jeju BigSwim". I'm also at Even if you don't swim, tell your friends and come along to show your support. This is a great opportunity to be an advocate for the sea - believe me, Mother Ocean sure needs it!