Korean Seniors Lead the Way to Green

 

Photo: Lisa See Kim

On May 26th, a group of 16 seniors and 3 staff from Hanul Family Alliance, a Korean social services organization on the northwest side of Chicago, visited The Field Museum. The seniors, members of Hanul’s Green Senior Club, have been learning about the environment and about incorporating eco-friendly practices, such as recycling, reusing, and energy conservation, into their daily lives. Anthropologists from The Field Museum’s Division of Environment, Culture, and Conservation (ECCo) welcomed the group in the Maori House, a space dedicated to cross-cultural learning and discussion. One senior expressed gratitude to ECCo for valuing the knowledge and experience that seniors bring to discussions about green living. In addition to visiting some of The Field Museum’s permanent exhibitions, the group visited the temporary exhibit Design for a Living World, where they learned about the use of sustainable and renewable materials in products such as furniture, jewelry, and clothing.

ECCo works with Hanul through the Energy Action Network-Chicago (EAN), a group of 27 community organizations engaging their neighborhoods in energy efficiency as part of the Chicago Climate Action Plan.