Coexistence, Part 1 by Noorjehan Asim
How does climate change affect your community? We asked contributors from around the world this question. Noorjehan Asim, a member of the Pakistan KidSpirit Ed Board, responds:
Since the definition of a community is indeed variable, I would probably define mine as the block where I live.
JJ, as ordinary as it may sound, is our Housing Authority’s most remote area. It’s the hardest to find, particularly because a scarce number of people live there. The block is on the far edge of town, right across one of the large, newly built roads that lead to Lahore’s International Airport.
The sight is pretty intriguing.
My surroundings are vast expanses of land, unoccupied, covered in long blades of wild grass; empty plots, waiting for some concrete structure to make them fit in with the rest. Funnily, the area’s desolate nature, and sense of emptiness is supposed to be depressing to a lot of people; I find it soothing. Wherever I look, I see miniature versions of fields of a faded green that seem incredibly earthy and natural in their hues. I see weeds pushing their way up from the ground, tiny roads separating these pieces of land, in scatters all over the vicinity. Simultaneously, across a wall separating our neighborhood from the main highway, loom the roads connecting us to the outside world.
The large, towering semblances of modernity demonstrate how natural elements and man-made ones can actually coexist…
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