Thursday, September 15, 2011

Teenage American to promote Dokdo

A teenage American environmentalist was named a PR ambassador for Korea’s easternmost islets of Dokdo, a local government official said Wednesday.

North Gyeongsang Province said Jonathan Lee will engage in a campaign to raise international awareness that the rocky outcroppings are Korean territory. Lee was given a certificate recognizing his position from Kim Kwan-yong, governor of the province Dokdo belongs to.

The 14-year-old plans to visit Dokdo and Ulleung Island on the East Sea from Thursday to Saturday, according to provincial officials. He will also participate in a variety of events aimed at promoting Korea’s sovereignty over Dokdo around the globe.

On top of that, Jonathan will visit a primary school in Ulleung to promote the significance of protecting the environment. He is the founder of the International Cooperation of Environmental Youth (ICEY), an international environmental group that provides educational activities and tools to children.

He has attracted global attention since 2007 when he ran an online cartoon, titled Go Greenman, highlighting the importance of environmental preservation. He has also launched a global campaign on the Internet to encourage children to plant one tree every year.

Many world leaders, including U.S. President Barrack Obama, have openly expressed their support for his campaign. In August last year, he proposed the creation of a peace forest to North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.

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