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Al Gore coming to Jakarta for seminar

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Al Gore, the 2007 Nobel Peace laureate and former US vice president, is scheduled to hold a seminar on climate change the weekend of January 8-9 in Jakarta for 300 people from a variety of backgrounds.

Gore, who was the subject of the Academy Award-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," has already held similar seminars in Melbourne, Beijing and New Delhi, using the same slide show he employed in the seminal documentary.

Amanda Katili, a former Indonesian Environment Ministry official who participated in the seminar in April 2008 in Montreal, said the upcoming event would give participants an insight into ideas drawn from Gore's new book, "Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis."

"It's also a chance to hear from an informative, inspiring and diverse group of speakers on science, the political landscape, solutions and skills training," said Amanda, who is now the manager of The Climate Project Indonesia.

TCP, founded by Gore, is a network of grassroots environmental organizations that campaign to raise awareness of climate change.

Amanda said those attending the seminar, to be held from Saturday to Monday, would earn the monicker "Climate Project Presenters" and would be committed to undertaking at least 10 activities within a year as part of their training.

These activities include presenting what they learned to the wider community, including academics, the private sector, educators, the media and the government.

Abdurrahman, a civil servant selected for the seminar, said he hoped to "inspire and create change to help avoid catastrophic climate change here in Indonesia."

He said he wanted to be an "advocate."

Gore is scheduled to give his opening speech on Sunday before kicking off the training for participants in a closed session.

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