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Jakarta Post

The road to Copenhagen is ours to walk

Jakarta   /   Sun, November 29 2009   /  05:18 pm

My first brush with global warming was in November 2007. My schoolmates and I represented our school in Hwa Chong International School's International Youth Forum on Global Warming. Our responsibility was to prepare a program of presentations in our respective booths aimed at educating and encouraging the public to act on global warming. It was an insightful experience indeed, learning more about climate change and sharing our knowledge with students from other countries. Nevertheless, after the forum ended, life went on as usual - homework, tests, extracurricular activities, student council duties, etc. Then I found myself forgetting the reality of climate change. It was because my daily life - mostly spent inside air-conditioned classrooms - was not severely affected by climate change. I haven't thought about global warming since then, until now. It recently dawned on me that...