A planet without trees: nightmare or our future?

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
I wrote this for the world forestry day...:)

Submitted: March 24, 2014

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One day I woke up in the morning due to suffocation and I can’t breathe properly. I was feeling so hot, temperature was too high. When I opened my eyes I was in a completely different room and it wasn’t mine. I got up and wandered around in the room. There was a digital calendar showing the date 1st January, 3014. I was shocked to see that but I assumed that it was wrong as January can’t be so hot.

 Suddenly a Woman entered the room and said “Hello” to me. She was really weird and scary. She had only a few hairs on her head, was dark with rough skin and was very skinny. I was terrified at first but I somehow managed to ask her who are you? “I am the owner of this house and you are my guest” she told harshly. I asked “How can I be your guest? I don’t know you. She asked me to be quiet and she will explain everything. She turned on a machine, I asked what was it? She told it was “an oxygen producer” so that we can breathe easily. She sat near to me and begins “We people of 3014 have kidnapped you with a help of a time machine. We don’t want to harm you. We only want to give a message to you so that you can pass it on to your generation. We want you people to save us.” I shouted 3014? I am kidnapped? What is a time machine? What message? Save you people from what and how? She said “I will tell you each and every thing, Just be calm and listen to me. We are in a great pain. You people of 2014 are killing us and making our life miserable.”  I said “What are you talking about? I can’t understand. She said “Have a look on me? You people are responsible for it. You people made us to breathe this artificial oxygen. You people made us to live in this high temperature. You people snatched tasty fruits vegetables and cereals from us. You people are responsible for each and everything. And then she started weeping. I asked in astonishment “How can you say that? How are we responsible for all this? She looked at me with anger and tears in her eyes and said “By destroying trees” she again started weeping, I was not able to understand anything properly but I felt piety for her she was crying so badly. I asked her “Please don’t cry I will help you and do anything that is possible at my level to save you.”

She was happy a bit at the mean time the clock struck 9 am and alarmed. The Lady stood up and said “It is too late, we have to go somewhere and meet some senior staff members. Come with me let’s have breakfast”. So I followed her. Now I was in a kitchen, it was so different from ours. There was no tap and sink for cleaning purpose. Lady turned on the Oxygen producer and said previously oxygen was produced by the trees but now we have to generate our artificial oxygen for us. There was one more, weird machine there, I asked the lady about it. She told “We preserve water in it as we have only few counted glass of water for drinking so we preserve water in this machine”. I asked why do you have little water? She told “You people have destroyed trees just for your short term benefits, as you know trees cause rain, now it rains hardly. Moreover carbon dioxide was absorbed by the trees in early times but now there are no more trees to absorb it so it is causing global warming and a climatic change which became the reason for the evaporation of almost all the ground water.” I was really ashamed and felt sorry. She gave me a chemical kind of thing, before I can ask any thing she told that it was cleanser there is no water to waste for washing hand. Breakfast was very dull and dry. Lady told that she doesn’t have enough water to cook anything. Moreover she told that cereals, fruits and vegetables are very expensive and are not affordable as they were produced by trees and plant so they are extinct now.

Her house was very different from ours there was no use of wood in the whole house even furniture and doors were of different metals and alloys. I thought that wood made our homes much better than this.

Then the lady turned on the television and we were having breakfast. A news channel was tuned in a report of flood was being shown television. I looked at her she spoke before I can say anything “in old times forest used to control flood but now there are no forest.” after a pause she continued “Climatic change is caused by deforestation which in result is melting glaciers which are the cause of floods.” She turned off the television.

After finishing the breakfast she gave me jacket to wear she told that this is a cooling jacket and asked me to follow her. I wore that jacket and followed her. Now we went out of the home, she told me she will show me the environment which is our future. It was really very hot, temperature was so high, even in January and it was difficult to survive without the cooling jacket.

There was not a single tree seen in the way. Forests were turned into ground and desert kind of things I understood that it must be desertification which is caused by deforestation so I avoided asking the Lady about that. Lady told in the way that now birds and animals are rarely seen as trees were their homes they can’t live without their homes. She also told that land sliding is now a common phenomenon due to soil erosion and soil erosion is also caused by deforestation. Moreover she explained that now almost 90% of population is suffering from cancer. I looked at her in astonishment and said “Cancer can’t be caused by us.” She said “Carbon dioxide is the cause of ozone depletion and there are no more trees to absorb carbon dioxide so ozone layer is depleted to a very high extent. And now ultraviolet rays are not being absorbed by the ozone layer so these ultraviolet rays are causing cancer and many diseases.” I felt sorry once again. I asked her “If there are problems regarding deforestation to this much higher level why don’t you people plant more trees?” she answered “Top fertile layer of the ground which was previously intact by the roots of trees is now eroded and now it is too late to plant anything. Plants don’t grow in this layer of soil.” I was not in a condition to say a single word so I kept quiet.

She parked the car and asked me to follow her once again we entered a building and then entered into a room. There were few senior officials sitting there. They all were looking at me, like I was an alien or something. One of them asked me to sit down. They showed me different pictures and video clips of their miserable condition that even I started weeping. One of them said with tears in his eyes “This is our condition, your future.”

I was so terrified and I asked “What can I do for you? Why are you showing this all to me?” They said “Please don’t destroy trees, plant as many trees as you can and spread our message to others of your generation.” And all of the staff members started weeping and saying “Help us please, save us.”

At that time a flashback of 2014 started in my mind all the scenes in which we cut down trees just for the short term benefits like beautifying our cities, making furniture, making place for new buildings and cutting down trees for wood trading. But our intention wasn’t to harm anyone. We didn’t mean to make life of anyone miserable. We didn’t want to kill any one by diseases. Alas! We have made a great mistake unintentionally.

 All these thoughts put a great pressure in my mind that I couldn’t resist it and I fell down everything around me was going round and round. The office became blurring and disappeared at last and there was dark all around me.

When I opened my eyes I was in my own bed. I woke up with a terror and hurried toward the calendar it was 2014. I thanked God that it was a dream not reality.We still have chance to improve our environment. We can plant more and more trees. We can make people aware of the importance of plants and trees. We can change our future. We can’t let this nightmare to be our future. We can’t have our planet earth without trees.

Forests are very essential part of our planet earth. Forest cover only 9.4% of the earth out of which we have already destroyed 80% of forest, But we  still have chance to save our environment by planting as many trees as we can and by forbidding ourselves and other from cutting trees and by spreading this message to others.


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