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Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo (2nd left) with UK Minister of Energy and Climate Change Joan Ruddock (2nd right) posing with two climate change delegates from Indonesia, Goris Mustaqim (left) and Inggried Dwi Wedhaswary (right), British Embassy, Indonesia, Nov. 18, 09


LONDON, KOMPAS.com - Continuing the Green Journey of Indonesia's two delegates to the Copenhagen COP15 summit, Inggried Dwi Wedhaswary and Goris Mustaqim; we see the events through Inggried's journal.

The weather in London was quite sunny. Friday was the last day for Goris and me in Prince Charles' nation. When we arrived on Thursday it was raining till the afternoon. From London we prepared to go to Brussels, Belgium. We have gathered with the other British Council climate champion delegates from various countries. Our rendezvous was the London British Council office, located around the Trafalgar Square.

From our hotel in St. Pancras, Goris and I didn't have a choice but to take the tube (subway) from St. Pancras Station which wasn't far away. But how were we supposed to reach our destination exactly? A station officer suggested us to take the Piccadily Line till Leicester Square Station to change lanes to the Northern Line and then get off at the Charing Cross Station.

According to him the Trafalgar Square isn't far from there. Actually we could have taken the cab, but for some reason, the tube seemed more fun even though we had to go up and down the stairs with fairly big and heavy suitcases. So with our £4 one-way tickets in hand we started the journey that didn't take more than 45 minutes, including the time to switch trains. The distance from the station to Trafalgar square was around 500 meters. It was quite good, along the way we saw so many interesting buildings, sights, and activities to be photographed.

As we arrived at the British Council, only one delegate from Kuwait, Ahmed Al Mogahwi, was there already. Then three delegates from Japan followed us: Yasuyo Tatebe, Reimi Yohena, and Satoko Shirai. Other delegates also gathered for the briefing, among which were Agastya from India and Haitham Al-Yaquobi from Oman.

The briefing was about the activities all through the train journey from Brussels to Copenhagen, and also in-between the COP15 summit. The meeting of the delegates was used as a discussion to share experiences and developments of climate change preventions done by the young generation through their projects.

It turned out that the Japanese delegate, Satoko Shairai, had started a cooperation with another Indonesian delegate, Hammam, to educate a number of middle schools in Salatiga regarding the use of alternative energy.

"I'm glad the Salatiga teachers were very enthusiastic to receive the alternative for this new source of energy. If the use of bio-solar can be spread I'm sure it would lessen the effects of the climate change," said Satoko, who had also visited Makassar and Mamuju for this project.

Another story also came from Ahmed Al Mogahwi, the Kuwait climate champion, and from Haitham Al Yaqoubi from Oman. According to them it's not so easy to socialize climate change in their countries. Especially because Kuwait is supported by the oil industry, which is one of the biggest cause of climate change. So they have been going to schools and enlisting volunteers to campaign together. "Especially to change the life-style and to turn the young generation as the agent of change," said Haitham.

Ahmed on the other hand, other than speaking for the young, has also endeavored to approach the industries to minimize the effects of climate change. "Earth's survival can't wait. We must move together."

Everyone agreed that the actions and efforts done must be spread widely to become a global act. The problems that still prevent many countries are the issue of the government's good will and the lack of knowledge to socialize climate change. Thus it's considered essential to formulate effective socialization to make climate change an issue for every individual. (ING/C17-09)