Katowice, formerly a mining town in southern Poland, is taking center stage in the world. Once home to heavy, polluting industries, the vibrant town of about 300,000 people is hosting the 24th Climate Change Conference ( COP24 ) until next week. *** The writer is principal scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and a professor at Bogor Agricultural University. He is also a member of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official stance of The Jakarta Post.