The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced that it had launched a corps of volunteer energy watchers composed of fourth through ninth graders. The City held a launch ceremony for the corps at the Seoul Education Training Institute on September 11.
The young volunteers will carry out such activities as putting out lights where their use is unnecessary, checking the proper indoor temperature in places where an air-conditioner is on, and reducing the frequency of opening fridge doors, etc. in a drive to reduce energy waste in schools and homes.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government said that it launched the corps to reduce energy waste amid a drastic increase in the use of power during the dog days of summer and to encourage children to form the habit of saving energy in their everyday lives. The number of the volunteers was originally set at 3,000, but there were actually 9,705 applicants, thus attesting to children’s high interest in this worthy cause.