Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Who really says the truth; Transformer or Conservationist?

The idea "GREEN" means different!

When Korean President(Lee M.B.) says, it means the death penalty to our Mother River; excavation, sand dredging, asphalt pavement, dam construction, etc. And he says that all construction works will benefit us all with reference to his personal accomplishment, Cheonggaecheon(riv.). When he was a mayor of Seoul city, he made it into a phantastic waterway for amusement.

We define his green as asphalt-mindful-politics! Don't be astray when he open his mouth, because he does not pay attention to what real green examples all around the world.

When we say GREEN, it always meant to protect helpless GREENs.

We say that Korean government's "Four River Restoration Plan" is a "Four River Killing Project" that cuts off natural waterways and creates a gigantic tub.

The core of the "Four River Restoration Plan" is "to increase the quantity of water retained in the Four major rivers (Han River, Nakdong River, Geum River, Yeongsan River) by dredging 570 million m3 tons of river bottom and creating 20 weirs(dams)." The plan essentially argues for enlarging and flattening river bottoms and damming up naturally flowing river systems.

Up to now dams in Korea primarily submerged upstream regions of rivers, but now the government plans to turn the entire ecosystem of the river into a massive reservoir with super dams. Such a project will turn four major rivers into a massive tub that not only will cause drinking water shortages but also destroy natural habitats for every life forms along the rivers, human or not.

Citizens are against Killing Project 2009-2012 by Lee M.B. administration.
(images with words "let the river runs as it is" by Baek & Jung from

Everyday we protest on the street, then we learn that words are to be worthwhile to pay attention when spoken with true mind. However, we should remind that even lies could be real when repeated. That's why we say to the world "Save Our Rivers".

Next SAVE RIVERS stories will soon be uploaded as "Eight Reasons that We Oppose the Four River Restoratio Plan"

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Mega-construction will soon launch, labelled as "Four river restoration"

New updates to SAVE RIVERS in S.Korea.
It has passed a couple of months, and now we're going to show you newly updated news and request for rivers and streams.

First of all, "Four River Restoration" will turn into a devastating mega-contruction project by Lee M.B. administration;

  • More than 2.2 trillion won($17 billion or 12 billion euro), 10% of S.Korean GDP, will be squizzed out of TAX money, nothing from corporations/conglomerates as president Lee once mentioned during election campaign.
  • 570 million m3 of sand and pebbles will be excavated on behalf of water quality improvement, Nakdong River will lose 440 million m3 of natural habitats for wildlife.
  • 20 dams/weirs will block natural streams and transform rivers into artificial reservoir, and finally slow down the speed of rivers by 90%.
  • 2/3 of South Koreans should give up drinking water supply during and everafter these mega construction works.
Lee M.B. administration publicize through all kinds of mass media named "1,000 Days Promise". Because president Lee demands his ministers to spend 2.2 trillion won in 1,000 days. Though they presumes 360,000 new jobs will be made by these mega project, it's just a castle of the sand. In reality, 333 Koreans are now losing regular jobs everyday in S.Korea.

As tax money will be gone, welfare of citizens will be lost amid bulldozers.

More updates will be on and we need your help!
  • Detailed information: why we oppose to Four River Restoration Plan by Lee M.B.
  • Petitionsite will be open ASAP.
  • Letter of Support is ready now.
  • What Korean NGOs are campaigning to Save Rivers.