Sustainable Systems: Postcards from the Future


As a part of the design, I used photoshop to collage the images together to signify the country and the postal stamp from Korea.

It’s June 20, 2070, in Seoul, South Korea. The greenery is enriched with moss absorbing the sunlight and its finally maintaining its sustainable environment. Majority of the cars here are renewable electric cars avoiding to emit pollution as much as possible! The government and the united nations finally agreed to provide the resources we need to support the eco-system. Trees, plants, and flowers are fresh as you can possibly imagine to be. Buildings are supported with reflective solar panels to help conserve its energy and use for heat and fire to cook, turn the heater, and use for transportations. The Hangang river water is clear enough to see the bottom and fishes swimming around. I rarely see the yellow dust that it used to have in 50 years ago as well as the temperature is consistently humidly hot in the summer, but it has slowed the process of the temperature from rising. I hope that in a few years we are able to stop the temperature from rising.


As I researched about the climate change in Seoul, South Korea, the “Development of the Korean Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tool (VESTAP)—Centered on Health Vulnerability to Heat Waves.” article predicts that the temperature will rise 3.7 celsius and the sea level will rise by 63 centimeters before the end of the century. Hence, trying to maintain the sustainability applies to the countries all around the world. Korea is still in the process of being a developed country – that is, many refinements and reconstruction are still happening. Moss was suggested in the article that will help make the environment sustainable in Korea. Additionally, there are U.S. and European cooperations that help avoid the danger in climate change, such as the USGS that supplies a “web-based vulnerability assessment tool” as well as “results of climate change vulnerability assessment of threats to nature and natural resources”. However, these technological advancements are still unidentified and accepted by the Korean government due to the insufficient levels for “methodologies, proxy variables, and weighting factors”. In the near future, it is our hope that Korea will eventually progress towards the idea of sustainability to avoid the danger of heat waves and damage to the earth.


Oh, Kwan-Young, Moung-Jin Lee, and Seong-Woo Jeon. “Development of the Korean Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tool (VESTAP)—Centered on Health Vulnerability to Heat Waves.” Sustainability 9, no. 7 (2017): 1103. Accessed June 20, 2018. doi:10.3390/su9071103.

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