In My Backyard by Sanya Kochhar
How does climate change affect your community? We asked contributors from around the world this question. Sanya Kochhar, a teenager from India, responds:
Till not so long ago, I used to view the world through a narrow prism. “My world” was no larger than my neighborhood, my school, my city, at a stretch, my country. The rest of the world existed somewhere – on a globe, a map, Google Earth. It was intangible, distant and barely a blip on my radar.
A plane ride last summer changed my worldview. As we climbed into the clear-blue sky and the ground receded rapidly, I saw my city fade into nothingness, like a camera lens zooming out. Layers of clouds floated under the A320’s belly like bits of fluffy cotton. We flew by the majestic Everest, reduced to a tiny speck.
I was overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the Earth. It gave me a whole new perspective on my planet and filled me with a sense of wonderment. As I leaned closer to get a better view, I noticed a plume of smoke billowing from the engine, marring my beautiful sky scape. Pollution, here too?
The shadow of the plane seemed like a giant carbon footprint across my protesting planet. I thought of the endless electronics that are a part of my daily diet – ipod, ipad, iphone…
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