Life Without Trees

It was that night of June 6, 2000 that has left an impression on me till date. I rarely dream while asleep. But on that rainy day, I was woken up to a revelation that ignited a spirit in me ' to do something for the benefit of all. Next day I shared the details of my dream with my Environmental Studies teacher in school. She appreciated my concern for what I had seen and my commitment to the cause. I shared the dreams with my friends.

My friend, Nisha, and myself were walking through a barren land .We had walked for more than a mile and were exhausted. There was no shade anywhere to hide us from the scorching heat. We were soaked in the grime and sweat of the humid climate. The feeling of irritation and exhaustion was at its peak and both of us started coughing .The strong winds that blew occasionally only added to our woes. They carried with them pollutants of all kinds. Suddenly we were befriended by a ferocious looking leopard .Was he a man-eater, we wondered? Uttering the name of the Lord and seeking protection from Him, we shivered in fright. Why was the leopard out strolling around rather than hiding in the forests behind the trees? Perhaps the dense forests have been cleared and the animal had no choice but to come out into the open. He has been deprived of his natural habitat. It was then that I woke up .I realized the importance of Mother Nature and the role of trees therein.

Nature is an infinite source of beauty. Only one should have the eyes to behold it and the heart to feel it like the English poet, Wordsworth, who, after seeing the daffodils, said:

'And then my heart with pleasure fills,, 
And dances with the daffodils'.

Nature is a great teacher. Nature without trees is akin to 'Fish without water' or a 'Head that sports no hair on it!' Trees occupy an important place in the life of man. They give us so many good things and yet expect nothing in return. Trees add beauty and color to an otherwise colorless background. They have been a source of inspiration to many artists around the world. They come in all sizes, shapes and colors adding to the amazing variety of flora around us. They are spotted in Bollywood films where the heroes run around trees chasing the heroines. 

Trees help humans in more ways than one. They reduce air pollution and global warming through respiration and removing particulate matter. They taken in Carbon dioxide and give out Oxygen that sustains life. Trees play an important role in maintaining a moderate climate by lowering air temperature. They provide shade and conserve energy. They help to reduce noise pollution. Besides, providing shelter and food for generations of birds and wildlife they reduce soil erosion too. Trees have been providing the wood required for various purposes from firewood to building huge structures. Trees attract rain-bearing clouds. In countries where agriculture is the main occupation, these are heavily dependent on the rains for water. Many trees provide us with medicinal products such as quinine and eucalyptus oil. In fact, many medicines that we ultimately use come to us through trees and vegetation. 

However, the population explosion and the expansion of the geographical areas have only resulted in the indiscriminate felling of trees. People around the world are cutting down trees to make way for homes, businesses and parking lots. But as we grow our cities and cut down our tees, we lose far more than pillars of our landscape. We loose a valuable environmental resource. The presence of trees adds beauty to the spot and helps to increase property values. They make communities more beautiful and livable. They make one feel good. 

Would we prefer a life that is colorless and boring or one that is vibrant, cool and healthy. I think most of us would choose the second option. Then can we imagine a Life without Trees? Never. So let each one of us start planting/replanting a tree and preventing others from cutting the same. Let us Hurry, TIME is running out!          


More by :  Sneha Ramesh

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Views: 3916      Comments: 6

Comment this is really a splendid essay on the topic having sufficient information for a school level student thanx for the effort Sneha

15-Feb-2015 03:22 AM

Comment Well, done. If there could be any improvements.. then most certainly, add them, to your credit. A suggestion, to make, 'Life Without Trees' is rather, appropriate, for the first part of the essay. After that, it's more about a story line. Nonetheless, good write up.

K PCP Deepika Balasubramaniam
03-Jun-2014 19:29 PM

Comment i should thank you on posting this topic.in the class i was having this topic to speak in the class.it really healped me, thank you very much

Lahan Basheer
26-Apr-2014 06:41 AM


17-Jun-2013 10:16 AM

Comment Really Sneha, I do join with your composition on life without trees and flare of writing for such hypothetical essays, you have really flare of reading/writing.Trees and forests are imminent and ultimate base for life and in absence of vegetation lives on earth planet becomes unimaginable and next to impossible as they are ultimate source of other 2-3 material such as water, fire and oxygen.

yogendra nath
16-Jan-2013 06:25 AM

Comment i had a essay writing com in my school "ryan international school" the topic was "life without trees" and this is the be essay which i should take

darshika patel
04-Jun-2012 08:36 AM

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