Wood is Good, But Trees are Better
Wood in all its forms has been a friend of mankind since times immemorial. It has been used as a weapon, a piece of furniture, as a fuel, as a building material, and even as a source of paper and rough cloth. At times it has aided mankind by imprinting upon itself tales of a bygone era by taking the form of a fossil, etc. The giant Redwood and the old Banyan of Andhra Pradesh can be called living histories. It cannot be denied that all these usages come into being only after the tree has been chopped down and stripped of its branches. Few would believe in the statement that a living tree is of much greater value than a dead tree. This is true. Plant and Animal Kingdoms developed together in the nature. Both are interdependent. The waste of one is the food of the other. Trees give valuable oxygen and soil enrichment, which are essential elements for the survival of the animals. They help in recycling rain and water. They capture sunlight for the life on earth. They help in ridding with unpleasant odors and sights. Aesthetically they bring beauty and color to life, Indirectly they are instrumental in developing the arts and culture of this world. Their gradual destruction is slowly taking the life away from earth. Nature is falling sick in their absence. Therefore it would be in man’s own interest to protect the plants and trees.