The Green Deal Forest happened to be one of the finest in the country could ever come across. It was a beautiful sight and a heaven on earth for picnics. Mother Earth especially loved it. She was going through a lot of troubled times as her flora and fauna were being replaced with smelly smoke and grey roads. On a casual day, an architect wanted to build a huge mall even though there were already ten in the city. The only land left was this untouched picnic spot, owned by nobody.

In a few weeks, all that one could see was sand and cement and an everyday ordinary stuffy construction site. Soon, the city became so crowded with buildings and malls, it became impossible to live in it. People were now aching to see that beloved forest again, and wanted to have at least one picnic. Earth was not earth without plants and trees. Earth needs plants to be earth and no matter how many buildings or malls arrive, a nature reserve is always ten times better.

So the people began planting trees along roadsides and wherever they found places. Some grew gardens and others tried to build parks. But still, Green Deal forest couldn’t come back to life. Soon, people realised how much more a nice little jungle would cheer them up than a gigantic shopping complex.

Time flew by and centuries later, an earthquake struck the city bringing the mall down. A few kids began to plant saplings where the mall used to be and there grew a new Green Deal Forest.

Shreya Balamurali, VIII, The Pupil Saveetha Eco School