More than 600 organizations and 2,500 people organized the march
Protested against the government that is irresponsible in responding to the climate crisis and turns a blind eye to climate injustice
Demanded transition away from nuclear power and fossil fuels, and move towards the public-led renewable energy and ensure workers’ livelihoods
Demanded an end to nuclear and fossil fuel, a just transition, expanded public transportation
Condemned destruction of the ecosystem
On September 23, more than 30,000 workers and citizens held a large-scale march on Sejong-ro in Seoul, South Korea, to demand equal and dignified life for all in the era of climate disaster. The march was preceded by activities such as open mic performances. Organisers set-up booths to engage with the participants and create a lively environment. The march started from 2:00 p.m. Participants strongly criticized the regression of the current Yoon Seok-yeol government's climate policy and demanded accountability for climate disasters, suspension of nuclear power generation, just transition from fossil fuels, expansion of public transportation, and suspension of ecologically destructive projects. During the march, participants also held a 'die-in performance' to warn of the risk of extinction due to the climate crisis.
The march was the culmination of a popular climate movement in South Korea that has been in full swing since 2019. In 2022, the Climate Justice March was held in Seoul on September 24 with more than 30,000 participants. This year's 923 Climate Justice March was a strong voice of criticism against the regressive climate policies and deepening inequality in all sectors of society under the Yoon administration over the past year. It also called for the need to overcome the capitalist socio-economic system cantered on growth and profit that is causing the climate crisis. The event was part of a series of global actions for climate that have been held every September since 2019 around the time of the United Nations General Assembly.
The march carried the slogan "People Power to Overcome the Crisis!" and was centered around five main demands and 14 specific ask to the government that should be prioritized at this time. The five main demands of the march were:
ensure everyone's right to live with safety and dignity in the time of crisis;
transition away from nuclear power and fossil fuels, and move towards the public-led renewable energy and ensure workers’ livelihoods;
stop privatizing railways and expand public transportation to ensure the right to mobility for all;
stop constructing new airports and developing national parks which are detrimental to the ecosystem and climate crisis;
hold accountable the mega polluters like multinational corporations and wealthy persons responsible for the climate crisis. Listen, instead, to the voices of those on the frontline of the crisis
Speakers at the rally included members of the Osong Tragedy Task Force (14 people were trapped in an underpass during heavy rains and lost their lives), coal power workers, and anti-poverty activists, among others. Other speakers included a representative of the KPTU-Korean Railway Workers' Union (KPTU-KRWU) who recently went on strike, an environmental activist who was in danger of being detained for protesting the Four Rivers Project (which caused environmental destruction by installing beams on major rivers), and a Japanese anti-nuclear activist who was in Korea for the Anti-Nuclear Asia Forum.
The 923 Climate Justice March Organizing Committee, which held the march, included more than 600 organizations from all walks of life, including labourers, farmers, women, people with disabilities, animal rights activists, the environment activists, and religious leaders. It also had more than 2,500 individual organizers. The number of participating organizations is the largest in the history of climate marches. In addition, the 923 Climate Justice March was attended by people from all over the country by bus or train, and those who could not come to Seoul held rallies in their respective regions.