In the aftermath of a music festival, students are expressing their views of how to increase civic consciousness.
On August 13, the Korean variety show Infinite Challenge held a festival at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Stadium in Pyeongchang. After the festival ended, many people abandoned trash in the stadium and even in the streets of Pyeongchang. There has been much criticism even though the show’s producer, Taeho Kim, announced that the production crew would clear the stadium and streets of Pyeongchang.
When asked how we can develop civic consciousness, Hanmin Yoo, who is a student at Yungdong High School in South Korea, told JSR, “The reason why civic consciousness is low is [because we do not] watch our behavior. We are not punished even if we do something wrong [and this leads] people to do immoral behavior.”
“To develop civic consciousness,” he added, “we should install security camera in public space to watch how people act in public. Imposing fines to those who violate the rule is important too.”
Jason Kim, a student at Joongdong High School in South Korea, told JSR, “It is important [to] examine ourselves [to make sure] we are keeping the rules of public places. We could be ones who are not following the rules of the public place.”