The Forest of Uttarakhand
Aditi, Age 9, Maharashtra, India

In the dark forest of Uttarakhand, all the animals and birds lived happily. Many generations lived there. The forest had beautiful trees, bushes and flowers. The animals and birds had several parties and competitions. The flowing rivers made morning look fresh. No pollution and no cars were there to harm the environment. But its beauty only remained until the humans found that place. They were very destructive. They loved that forest. One of them said that it was a very big place and that they could build a huge city there. Everybody agreed and said in chorus, “Yes! Yes!” They started cutting trees and building roads.

The animals were very scared because of the humans. They wanted to stop the destruction in the forest. One bird asked her mother, “Who are those? What are they doing?” Her mother replied sadly, “They are none other than humans. They will destroy our forest.” Day by day more and more trees were cut. They built many buildings and dams. The forest became full of bricks and cement. The trains disturbed the animals a lot. It didn’t remain a forest any more. The animals and birds were leading a hard life. No food was left for them. They could not believe the difference between yesterday's forest and today's forest.

The animals were thinking of an idea to stop those things.

An old owl said, “We only have one thing to do now. Let us leave the forest and go somewhere else.”
 
“No, no, we will not go. Many generations have lived in this jungle,” everyone said.

“But we have no other choice,” said owl.

Many birds and animals went to another place due to the increasing level of the water because of the dams. Other birds and animals that did not go died. Near that forest was a village named “Kanha.” People used to grow trees there. The birds and animals lived happily there. The people never killed the animals and birds there and everyone lived happily ever after. 

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