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Submitted by Sivakumar. G on

I am from India.
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My grandparents are not there anymore. But they felt they led a happy life when they were young.
They used to seek joy in planting saplings, watering & nourishing them, saw them grow into bigger trees giving shelter to people. Their lifestyle itslef was a bigger message I feel.
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I was 13 years old when the Tsunami occurred in the Indian ocean. I was lucky enough to survive that. I was not much grown up to understand the actual reason behind it.
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Flash forward 12 years, on 1st December 2015, Chennai city woke up to one of the worst nightmares ever ( Floods, water everywhere again). I was able to see my neighborhood drowning in water, people trying to save themselves by leaving behind their belongings and valuables.
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Mother nature gives us enough to satisfy our need, but it is our greed which is killing us.
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Urbanization has been a major factor contributing to this. Thousands of trees are being cut down in order to construct tall buildings, commercial complexes, luxurious residential apartments. Unfortunately these are seen as the parameters for smart city. We, unlike our ancestors try to seek joy in seeing big malls coming up at the expense of trees.
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Fact remains the same:
"The more we try to exploit our mother nature, the more the destruction we are going to face."
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Time is running fast; unless we are going to act swiftly, We would be at the receiving end.