Lisa M. Brady, Korea’s Green Ribbon of Hope: History, Ecology, and Activism in the DMZ, The Solutions Journal, Volume 3, Issue 1, January 2012, Pages 94-98 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/koreas-green-ribbon-of-hope-history-ecology-and-activism-in-the-dmz/) Abstract: A thin green ribbon threads its way across the Korean Peninsula. Viewed from space, via composite satellite images, the winding swath clearly demarcates the political boundary between the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Its visual impact is especially strong in the west, where it separates the gray, concrete sprawl of Seoul from the brown, deforested wastes south of Kaesong. In the east, it merges with the greener landscapes of the Taebaek Mountain Range, home to several of Korea’s many national parks, and all but disappears. Seen from the ground, the narrow verdant band is even more evident. It manifests as an impenetrable barrier of overgrown vegetation enclosed by multiple layers of fences topped by menacing concertina wire and dotted with observation posts manned by heavily armed soldiers. That such a place so steeped in violence and death still teems with life seems unimaginable. And yet, the Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ, is … Topics: Community; Environment; Governance; History