What happened to the trees you planted last year and year before?One more day to observe! We very ritually and stereo-typically observe and wax eloquence on this World Environment Day also. It is in our habit to be punctually ritualistic. Not just you and me, but many like us all. If not this day, it will be on some other'Day'. Then in that fatigue and tiredness we sleep for one year and wake up next year on this day.
Sincerely asking a question to ourselves.What happened to the trees we planted last year on Environment Day.Is it still there and growing?Or was it plucked and thrown once the photographer and news reporter left? Was it eaten by any wayward bull or goat?
I recall in this connection what one Malyalam Actor(National Award Winner) Salim Kumar said. He refused to go for the tree planting events unless they showed that the tree planted the previous years were well taken care of and they are growing properly.
Can we too take such a stand? Can we adamant that we take full care and responsibility to see the tree planted this year are properly cared and looked after with water and manure? Can we take a stand that even if not planting a tree today, we will ensure that not a tree is cut from today onward ?