Actor Ryu Joon Yeol is being praised by environment activists and others for his positive influence in changing environmental laws in Korea.
His agency, CJ Entertainment, shared on October 4 that Ryu Joon Yeol's second letter that calls for more green policies was published on Huffington Post. The letter also announced that it changed laws that protect the ocean.
In the published letter Ryu Joon Yeol wrote:
"On September 29, Seoul Greenpeace staff gave me the good news, that the laws have been changed to ban micro plastics and microbeads in cosmetics that pollutes the rivers and the ocean. By August 2018, we will never see those harmful materials in makeup and cosmetics ever again. I want to thank everyone who work to protect the environment. Thank you again."
A staff at Seoul Greenpeace stated, "This is the first time a law regarding cosmetics was reformed on the basis of environmental protection. Ryu Joon Yeol's public support and activism and his fans' who joined the movement really influenced this change."
The movement started in July, when Ryu Joon Yeol read a Huffington Post essay written by McFly, a British band; the actor was moved and started to write relay letters for the Korean Huffington Post, and this acted as a Butterfly Effect, influencing his fans and others around him.
It is known that Ryu Joon Yeol became intensely interested in protecting animals after visiting Africa for filming 'Youth Over Flowers'. Even though Ryu Joon Yeol admits that he has a long way to go, he is encouraging everyone to be more aware and thoughtful about protecting the environment.
Ryu Joon Yeol added to the interview by saying, "I know that I am not perfect in participating in the activism, but I believe that the movement starts with paying attention to the little things around us. I plan to continue being active in protecting the environment and I hope that many people can join me."