P U Krishnan, People, Vancouver

Afforestation, need of the hour

With sky scrapers in every nook and corner and lines of single and double storey buildings in between, and a steady flow of cars and buses along the wide main roads and the connecting subways which run criss-cross, Vancouver is as big as any modern city. But, one also gets a glimpse of what is in store for those who would like to spend an hour or two in the evening, completely free from the din and bustle of the city. Such people won’t be disappointed, for there are parks here and there as one proceeds aimlessly along the subways… they look more like mini forests rather than parks. The environment in these ‘mini forests’ are such that it takes you back to the distant past when human beings lived in forests, fully focused on a life style which would protect them from wild animals. Their priority was of course, food, shelter and clothing and towards this end, they began to expand and own the lands occupied by them and, as we all know, their lifestyle changed beyond recognition. In due course, forests were few and far between. Trees gave way to buildings, buildings all over. But still, the life styles of their ancestors kept on haunting them and the result was parks and afforestation! May this spirit take root all over the world.

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

2 Comments on “Afforestation, need of the hour

  1. I suppose afforestation here is inclusive of biodiversity. Its not the forest cover( that is density and no of trees that are covering the land), its the rich biodiversity that makes a forest sustainable and serve its purpose.

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