Critical Mass: Lahore’s Environmental conscience

By | June 7, 2011


As the shadows lengthen on Sunday afternoon, a group of nine cyclists stop for juice at Liberty Market. They’re a disparate bunch, of old and young, local and foreign, and male and female (though mostly male).

This is Lahore’s chapter of Critical Mass, a global movement promoting the use of bikes, together on World Environment Day. “I think we had more people last time,” says Rafay Alam, the Critical Mass pioneer in Lahore and a prominent environmental lawyer during the refreshment break. In the midst of temperatures of over 40 degrees, it is not hard to understand why few people choose to get on their bikes in the summer.

They set out around 5pm for a two-hour bike ride to mark the day, whose theme this year is forests. But for this group, the conversation is dominated by a different environmental theme: the sun.

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