As someone who is very fond of plants and pets, I felt a severe sorrow when Cyclone Vardah devastated the entire city and left most of the greenery including age- old trees uprooted and dead. The saddest part of it was that the roads too became non-motorable with the uprooted trees. With summer around the corner, I keep looking for tree cover, but in most of the areas, there is not just not enough greenery.
Looking back, though the natural fury was beyond control, the government rose to the occasion and geared up all machinery available to initially do a damage control and then proceed with all vigour to bring back normalcy. I still remember how I felt when I ran to have a look at our AV Meiyappan Centenary Park, one of the most well-maintained parks in our area. Two of the big trees had been uprooted and most of the flowering plants and creepers had fallen to the ground. I was in tears. They seemed like soldiers martyred in a war. My eyes filled up looking at them. However, I felt as if the fallen trees were telling me, ’‘Don’t lose your heart my friend. You can still help our clan flourish if only you are determined to do so.”
I have now taken it as a mission to advocate planting of trees wherever it is possible and have also succeeded to a certain extent in my efforts. I request all of you to plant saplings right away to beat the summer heat. And don’t stop with that. Care for the plant.
This write-up was provided by Steve W Frank, Class 6 ‘D’, St. Michael’s Academy, Adyar