People For Earth

Our online courses at People for Earth provide diverse content aimed at cultivating Earth-centered thinking and practical skills to respond to the ecological crisis.
- The courses are designed by structuring them into small and independent modules, enabling the diverse modules to be reconfigured into new lectures, much like the evolution of living organisms.
- People for Earth's online courses are co-produced with Bigdata COSS at Seoul National University.
Earth Law
Earth Community and Earth Law Pt. 1. Geological Time and the Climate Crisis
Kumsil Kang (Chairperson of the Board, People for Earth)
Lecture opening

[Class aim] identifies the problems of industrial civilization in the historical progression of civilization and, as a solution, seeks a transition to Earth Jurisprudence beyond anthropocentric modern law. This is the first lecture, and it covers the following topics: The global corona pandemic is proportional to climate change, but the climate crisis is not merely a question of whether or not the average global temperature will exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius. As the geologic era transitions from the Holocene to the Anthropocene, this is the fundamental issue. During the rapid development process known as the Great Acceleration in the early and middle 20th century, a number of issues arose. The accelerated expansion of industrial civilization over the past century has deteriorated the condition of the planet in direct proportion. In the early 1900s, only 14% of the planet was inhabited by humans, but by the early 2000s, that number had increased to 77%. Together, we must complete our assignments by discussing where we are and where we must go in the progression of civilization.

* The production of this video series was sponsored by Sun Pro Bono Center

[Main Substance] Kumsil Kang, 2021, Earth Community, Earth Law, Gimmyoung Publishers.

[Additional Substance] Kumsil Kang et al, 2020, Earth Jurisprudence - beyond anthropocentrism to earthcentrism, Gimmyoung Publishers.

Lecture Plan
Pt. 1.
Geological Time and the Climate Crisis
Educational Objectives Understand the current climate crisis in light of geological time and human history.
Lecture summary - Relationship proportional between pandemic and climate crisis
- Climate crisis as a problem of geological time change
- Degradation of the global environment as a result of the tremendous rate of industrialization
Learning time 10m
Pt. 2.
SDGs, ESG and Environmental Rights
Educational Objectives Understand the origins and evolution of SDGs, ESG, and right to a health environment throughout history.
Lecture summary - Individuals and events that marked turning points in the climate crisis
- Formation and circulation of SDGs in the environment
- Formation and circulation of ESG
Learning time 10m
Pt. 3.
Future Generation and Rights of Nature
Educational Objectives We will investigate the discussions and movements to recognize the planetary boundaries and advance Earth Jurisprudence.
Lecture summary - Deficits in sustainability efforts and the concept of the planetary boundaries
- 2000 Earth Charter, concept of the Community of life
- 2001 Airlie Conference and Rights of Nature
Learning time 10m
Pt. 4.
Our Task, Our Future
Educational Objectives Examining the actualization of Earth Jurisprudence and the subjective role of future generations, we seek out future responsibilities.
Lecture summary - Efforts and outcomes of the EU and each nation towards the manifestation of Earth Jurisprudence
- The independent role of 'future generation’
- Our responsibility towards a new civilization
Learning time 10m