I wish to share a pleasant and a healthy experience with your readers.
A freind of mine coming to visit me in Islamabad after a long time, said he had a gift for me in his car. When I discovered what it was I was delighted. He had brought me a plant (a neem plant) as a gift instead of the traditional cake or some other typical present.
My friend who has stayed in Germany for a couple of years said he had been impressed by the mindset of the people there about the environment and future of the world.
He said he plants a tree in his home town at every birthday of his son who is now four years old. He also mentioned that he has just shifted to D-12 sector of Islamabad which is not much developed and he intends to plant trees in the open space of road dividers in his area.
I was very impressed with the noble and healthy thinking of my friend and thought it appropriate to share it.? What however saddened me was that he became environment conscious while staying in a foreign country seeing the attitude of the people there. How wonderful would it be if our people are also made to think in the same way, maybe through religious sermons, government programs, social initiatives and personal examples. .. Fawad Ali Shah, Chitral 26 May 2018
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‘ The Man Who planted Trees’ is an allegorical tale written by a French writer Jean Giono. In this book,the writer narrates the story of a Shepherd named Elzierd Bouffier who reforests a desolate place single-handedly. The story of this man carries a strong message for the readers that human effort can bring tremendous transformations in the world. the excepts of this story have been included in the syllabus at the intermediate level in our schools and colleges, but thanks to the traditional mode of rote learning prevalent in our education system the practicality of this story goes down the drain
Following the nicely laid episode and stories let me share with readers about Chipko movement that goes back to 18th century when organized women defying the orders of the then king of Jodhpur remained clung to the trees to impede the felling of forest trees until several women sacrificed their lives. The resolve of the activists so moved the king that he decreed to cancel the action. The tactic to love and adopt trees came down in history and in 1973 Chipko meaning ‘cling or embrace’ movement stopped the government contractors in Uttar Pradesh from imminent disaster of large scale forest cutting. Chipko has since become a strong, peaceful and effective movement to protect environment. There is a cost , some sacrificed their lives to save the lives of their generations.
Fawad and his friend’s beautiful, gentle and peaceful way of promoting environment friendly practices is welcome and appreciated. May I request Fawad to take a step forward by more widely disseminating this potentially moving and soul searching story.
I remember late Colonel Khushwaqt Ul Mulk planting trees in Toq area at Mastuj with me beside him. He was in his mid 80s then. When I curiously asked him as to why was he taking all this trouble, he replied in words to the effect that “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would end, I would still plant my apple tree” .. Martin Luther