Environmentalism in One Country

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North Korea has a unique brand of environmentalism that maintains its lush forests. Called Juche, this mode of environmentalism marries Korean animistic beliefs and the Stalinist ideology of national self-sufficiency. The Koreans believed that pine trees were their kin, entwined in their lives from birth until death; Kim Il-sung used this belief to his advantage, and his grandson Kim Jong-un has continued it. Kim Il-sung believed trees would not only unite Korea but also make their economy self-sustaining. After all, trees provided resources like food to eat and to trade. Read full article here

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