By Arushii Nadar
(This is the second article from Arushii, a Std X student at Shishuvan. You can read her previous article here.)
I have a dream, a dream shared by many others in this world. A dream, that is now becoming very well-heard of, especially for the school kids like me. We hear about it all the time at school, but most of us don’t think it’s such a big deal. Me? I always thought different. That was always my biggest dream, and I started doing little things in my daily life, that would help me live it. My dream, is a green planet Earth, the way it was, before we humans starting blundering around, making “helpful” new inventions.
I used to enjoy bursting fireworks, going on bike rides with my dad and uncles, playing holi with lots of water and colours, and I used to frequently just throw stuff away on the roads. But then, one day, it all changed. I no longer felt happiness when I saw fireworks, I felt angry and upset. I hated the fact that my cousins would beg their dads (my uncles) to take them to the shops on the bike, when they could easily just walk down. I started refusing to go with them, and urged them to just walk. I stopped playing holi, unless the colours were natural, and no water was used. I started nagging my mom, cousins, and other family members not to throw stuff just anywhere. What, you ask, caused this great shift in my behavior? It all happened one day when I was reading a book on endangered animals. I don’t recall how old I was then, but I do remember feeling so sad, and upset that these amazing creatures were suffering because of us ; that the few minutes of happiness I got from crackers and bike rides, was causing them so much distress. I was always fond of animals, and I hated to see them killed for meat. So, you can imagine the toll it took on me, to see so many animals dying. I knew, from then on, that I would never, ever do anything that would hurt our planet and its residents again.
After that, my life became pretty simple, no wasting electricity, water, or fuel. Especially fuel. I badger my mom to travel by buses or trains wherever possible, or to carpool with her friends on her way to work. I don’t even want her to get a car, because I know, after a car comes, there is no way I can persuade her to travel by public transport. I don’t mind giving up these little “pleasures” though, because I know I’m helping my planet, and that’s good enough for me. This is the biggest source of ecstasy for me, to see other people sharing the same dream as me, join hands together… I hope you are one of those people…