Tree Cutting: A Subverse Activity

 

Trees are an important part of our lives. From a young age, we are taught not to be wasteful; not to waste paper, water or food. ‘Being green’ in today’s world is somehow the ‘in’ thing. However, many do not consider the act of tree-cutting as shameful, wrong or subversive. The bed we lie in, the table we eat on, the paper we write on comes all from disembarking trees. No matter how much we try ‘being green’ and ‘eco-friendly,’ we are the biggest traitors in our hearts. If a tree is in your way, then it’s ‘off with its head!’

Trees are the most important natural source we have. Trees supply us with oxygen while it eliminates Carbon-di-Oxide (CO2 levels) from the atmosphere. According to a research in London, the world’s average paper consumption is per person, 123 pounds of paper. This means on average, one billion trees are being cut down each other in order to satisfy the world’s paper demands. Besides this pleasing benefit, trees help the Earth in many major ways. Cutting a tree down will lessen the chances of the tree doing its work effectively.

Recycling and reusing might help the need to stop cutting trees. According to Nation Resources Defense Council (NRDC):

  • If every household in the United States replaced just one roll of virgin fiber toilet paper (500 sheets) with 100% recycled ones,we could save 423,900 trees.

    • If every household in the United States replaced just one roll of virgin fiber paper towels (70 sheets) with 100% recycled ones, we could save 544,000 trees.

    • If every household in the United States replaced just one package of virgin fiber napkins (250 count) with 100% recycled ones, we could save 1 million trees.

    • If every household in the United States replaced just one box of virgin fiber facial tissues (175 sheets) with 100% recycled ones, we could save 163,000 trees.

Some trees live up to a thousand years, these are the same trees that are being cut down in order to ‘clear out the way,’ make facial and cosmetic products and other materials.

In Pakistan, parks are being diminished and its trees are being chopped off to make space for a car park.

WHY DID I CHOOSE THIS TOPIC?

Trees have always fascinated me. Nature has holiness all around- protecting it, illuminating it.

“Trees are your best antiques.” ~Alexander Smith

Trees that are quite old that they seem to be here forever should be protected and well cared for- not uprooted and chopped down. They must have been planted by our ancestors many years ago probably with love and care. There are many old trees in various parts of Karachi that look rugged, wiser and are beautiful. They are also a part of Pakistan’s heritage.

A tree just not provides for humans, it’s a home to many habitats as well, such as birds and other animals. The green leaves, the strong branches, the mighty trunk, the soothing shade and the tasty fruits; it’s something God intended as a blessing for man. Every country should protect its historical trees and forest and Pakistan should be no exception. The trees that we cut down and destroy define our heritage as Pakistanis. Many of these trees have been ‘living’ since before the partition and quite honestly, they are the only ones wiser here.

“He who plants a tree
 Plants a hope.”
 ~Lucy Larcom, "Plant a Tree"

Trees are one of the magnificent things in Nature, and it’s our duty not to waste trees. Sure, we need furniture to sleep on and paper to write on but we also need to save the trees. By doing so we’ll be saving nature. The Greenpeace advertisements are very thought-provoking.

“The best time to plant a tree was 
20 years ago. The next best time 
is now.” ~Chinese Proverb

Apart from such organizations, there are just few people who have stressed the need to save trees and nature. One specific music icon that I admire is Michael Jackson who spent his entire life on humanity. He sang of love and peace, his music was purely based on humanity. He wrote songs for the Earth, and change and peace & harmony. Michael Jackson has been in the Music Industry for over 45 years and he’s seen a lot and experienced a lot. He was a fan of John Lennon and Gandhi. Like them, he wished to see peace in this world. Apart from this, he also sang of the Earth and its need to be cared for.

In his hit called the Earth Song, Michael Jackson sings of ‘this crying earth, its weeping shores’ and pleads to the world to stop cutting down trees and killing nature. Here are the lyrics to the song:


 

What about sunrise?
What about rain?
What about all the things
that you said we were to gain…?
What about killing fields?
Is there a time?
What about all the things
that you said was yours and mine…?
Did you ever stop to notice
All the blood we’ve shed before?
Did you ever stop to notice
this crying Earth, these weeping shores?

What have we done to the world?
Look what we’ve done
What about all the peace
that you pledge your only son…?
What about flowering fields
is there a time
What about all the dreams
that you said was yours and mine…
Did you ever stop to notice
All the children dead from war
Did you ever stop to notice
this crying Earth, these weeping shores?

I used to dream
I used to glance beyond the stars
Now I don’t know where we are
Although I know we’ve drifted far

Hey, what about yesterday
(What about us)
What about the seas
(What about us)
The heavens are falling down
(What about us)
I can’t even breathe
(What about us)
What about apathy
(What about us)
I need you
(What about us)
What about nature’s worth
(ooo, ooo)
It’s our planet’s womb
(What about us)
What about animals
(What about it)
We’ve turned kingdoms to dust
(What about us)
What about elephants
(What about us)
Have we lost their trust
(What about us)
What about crying whales
(What about us)
We’re ravaging the seas
(What about us)
What about forest trails
(ooo, ooo)
Burnt despite our pleas
(What about us)
What about the holy land
(What about it)
Torn apart by greed
(What about us)
What about the common man
(What about us)
Can’t we set him free
(What about us)
What about children dying
(What about us)
Can’t you hear them cry
(What about us)
Where did we go wrong
(ooo, ooo)
Someone tell me why
(What about us)
What about baby boy
(What about it)
What about the days
(What about us)
What about all their joy
(What about us)
What about the man
(What about us)
What about the crying man
(What about us)
What about Abraham
(What was us)
What about death again
(ooo, ooo)
Do we give a damn


 

I am in love with nature because of my parents and my upbringing. Also, because I find it most pleasing. The stars, the mountains, the fresh air, and pretty flowers. They are my escape and my solace. The other reason is because of Michael Jackson. He has influenced millions all around the world, and I’m proud to say that I am one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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