2016 Earth day Link
On April 25th, EverydayKorea and a range of eco-centric NGOs in Daegu pulled off a memorable day designed to put the spotlight on our planet. Although Earth Day is a globally celebrated day for eco-awareness, Daegu has sought to innovate and bring a unique feel to its yearly green event.
This particular year kicked off with some live music from expat bands, as well as buskers playing throughout the streets. An Eco Walk started the day for many, who either walked or cycled a route throughout downtown.
But the highlight for some was Daegu Earth Day’s first ever Recycle Adventure Relay, which attracted the participation of over 80 foreigners in the city center. The event involved teams wearing some traditional Korean attire, sporting a jigae (traditional wooden backpack) on their backs and then following a map of Daegu’s historical part of downtown. The goal then was to race throughout these heritage streets to find designated points that held recyclable items and then tie them to their jigae. Prizes would then be given out to teams who finish the relay first, as well as teams possessing the highest and widest piled jigae. After receiving encouragement and well wishes from the mayor of Daegu, the relay began in a flurry, with teams seeking to heap their backpacks, high and wide, while not forgetting to take some memorable selfies set against the backdrop of some of Daegu’s most famous modern heritage sites.
Looking back, the event was a resounding success and everyone’s thoughts have since began to drift ahead to consider how to raise the bar for next year’s Earth Day in Daegu.