One of our famous poet rightly said “There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it” .And that heart bleeds whenever it hears falling of this green wood. Alas! Enough mankind…its time we called truce and take a breather to ponder, ponder on the ironical situation. Since time immemorial trees have sheltered us, saved us from environmental disasters and today mankind is paying its tribute by slaughtering them. Global warming is being debated all over the globe with different perspective but doesn’t the root cause lie in roots itself??
Preventing Deforestation is an age old appeal but if we look at the prism of problem from a different angle and try and educate masses about the benefits of our green friend, slowly and gradually the message would render many hearts.
For some trees exert a powerful emotional influence and to some a tree is a thing of spiritual sustenance and renewal. The tree is the embodiment of mankind’s condition: birth, life, death, regeneration and rebirth. The rising sap is the spirit of life and seeds and fruit are the symbols of fertility. Particular importance for us has been the role of trees in the evolution of mankind and development of human cultures and communities Some 65 million years ago, just after the demise of the dinosaurs, a small rat-like species of mammal ( known as a prosimian) left the ground and took to life in the trees. Eventually after 50 million years had passed, this creature returned to the ground as the ancestor of man.
Let us explore our ocean of knowledge to find few more vital usages of trees.
1. Edible products
We get all the minerals and vitamins needed for our proper health and growth from the fruits and other plant products like vegetables, cereals, grains, grams etc. Around the world everyone is opting for the vegetarian diet as it provides a wholesome and balanced diet. The balanced diet keeps the people healthy and prevents many diseases.
2. Environment friendly
The roots of the trees hold the soil firmly and prevent soil erosion. This leads to the increase in the ground water level and the continuity of water cycle gets balanced resulting in good rains. Ultimately trees prevent the drought and provide greenery to the environment. Apart from taking care of the soil and water, the trees provide shelter to many animals and birds in the forests which ultimately help in the ecological balance of the nature. Having more number of trees around will reduce the hazardous effects of global warming.
3. Prevents Global Warming
We are taking the trees for granted and felling them mercilessly. This will lead to a treeless environment which cannot be even imagined. But the woods from cut trees also help us to make beautiful furniture and other things required for the house. The wood is used as a fuel even now in many rural areas. The trees provide us shade and the breeze will be so cool in the places where there are number trees. Many people who suffer from chronicle ailments are said to feel better when they were put in a beautiful tree surrounded areas.
4. Medicinal usage
Previously the only known treatment for malaria was quinine, an alkaloid found in the bark of the evergreen cinchona tree. Aspirin is a derivative of salicylic acid, which comes from the bark of the white willow, Salix Alba. In this day and age aspirin is produced synthetically.
The maidenhair tree, Ginkgo biloba, has long been used for medicinal purposes. The leaves have been a tradition of Chinese herbal medicine and used to treat everything from asthma to hemorrhoids. Now maidenhair tree leaves have found their way into western medicine and are used to treat memory loss. Fluid extracted from the leaves helps to improve blood circulation. It relaxes blood vessels, enhancing blood flow throughout the body
Ornamental trees are planted for their aesthetic features including fruit, stem, bark, habit, scent and overall form. Landscape designers utilize these trees to create added interest to designs. Ornamental trees are planted to be enjoyed by passersby, gardeners, visitors and the public in general.
Notwithstanding the debt we owe to trees, their emotive power, and their importance to other forms of life, the forested area of the earth is steadily being depleted. This is leading to the degradation of the environment and the extinction of many species. There is now a real danger that in the not very distant future man will destroy a large proportion of the present population of species on earth, create an uninhabitable environment. We must remember that the trees are very essential and we must start growing more trees in our surroundings for the sake of next generation to give them a beautiful and healthy environment. We should keep in mind that the deforestation will lead to the extinction of many animals and mankind in general. Hence SAVE TREES SAVE MANKIND! Enjoy Life!!!
-Pallavi Prakash (www.pallaviprakash.in)
(The Writer is Author, Corporate Trainer, Film Maker & Social Activist)