Forest Preservation. MS/2019/03

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I exist primarily to promote life and to enhance the mutual relationships among various forms of life. In me a platform is made available where plants and animals, macro and micro-organisms support one another. Human beings regard me as forest while animals generally see me as a natural home. When men come to me, they satisfy their needs for food, wood, curative herbs, etc and return to their houses. Most animals, on the other hand, hunt their food and find their homes in me. So I make a case for my Preservation or forest Preservation as some people may like to call it.

“But why should forest be preserved when we should be talking of development and scraping of the vestiges of antiquity?”, some people ask. The answer, I think, lies in the essence of my existence. I am the natural habitat for many living organisms, an oxygen recycling industry for the purification of the atmosphere. I serve as an indispensable herbal source for the healing needs of man and animals alike. And in global economy and aesthetics, I stand as one of their major components.

Although some people despise me as retrogressive and useless, my real value remains intact and exalted. I am, no doubt, an important component of the ecosystem, giving food and shelter to many living organisms. So like every other person or thing, I want to be preserved. First of all to be as I am made to be, and then to keep unbroken the chains of being in the ecosystem.

In some places, I am preserved by constitutional laws and forest wardens, in others by poverty and beliefs in gods and evil spirits. In the former, I am designated forest reserve, and in the latter, evil forest. Sometimes, my continued existence is threatened by those people who break the laws that preserve me and by Christians who debunk the beliefs that preserve me. I must, also, express my fears in the false development crusaders who destroy me recklessly to put up artificial structures that are not eco-friendly. How I wish that they will begin to have an eco-perspective to human development and spirituality.

All I propose is to be allowed to play the role which nature has designated me for the benefit of man. If nature has brought me into existence, constitutional laws, if properly implemented, can guarantee my maintenance. Moreso, if African Traditional Religion preserved me in the past, Christianity can also ensure my continued existence in the present era. As evil forest, l have lost my shield and frightening aura. But as the forest of Moses(Ex.3:2) or even of the Holy Spirit, I can still be and serve humanity as I am called to do by nature.

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  1. Kenneth Chinweike

    February 11, 2019 at 5:54 am

    Nice job Padre
    Only if we know.
    Nature teaches, may man listen and learn for his own good.

    • frozuluonyew

      February 11, 2019 at 6:21 am

      My regards for your reading and comment.

  2. ASP Okoli Tochukwu

    March 12, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    Great work Padre. More inspirations to your mind, and more ink to your pen.

  3. foloren torium

    March 15, 2019 at 8:15 am

    An impressive share, I just given this onto a colleague who was doing a little analysis on this. And he in fact bought me breakfast because I found it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love reading more on this topic. If possible, as you become expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more details? It is highly helpful for me. Big thumb up for this blog post!

    • frozuluonyew

      March 15, 2019 at 10:51 pm

      Your comment is appreciated. I try to keep it short and catchy so that one can easily read a post standing.

  4. Hilary

    March 21, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Whatever that comes our way has something to teach us. The ugly experiences of life makes us stronger. Let’s not despise anyone for they have something new to put into our lives.

  5. g

    May 13, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Great delivery. Outstanding arguments. Keep up the good work.

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