How do we treat our trees?

We often nail signs to our trees, loop cables over them, and of course, think nothing of choping them off for the flimisiest of reasons, for example if one obstructs a hoarding.

But even when the trees are allowed to live, all may not be well.

I saw this tree with its leaves all lit up by LED lights. “An unnatural green!” I thought to myself, and decided to click.

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At this point, my friend Sarrah Reshamwalla raised a valid point. “Trees carry on photosynthesis in their leaves when exposed to light,” she pointed out. “Does this mean that the tree continues this process day and night without a break when illuminated like this at night?”

I do not know the answer to this, and am about to ask a few botanists about it. But meanwhile, the sight of the tree with a green that is not natural continues to trouble me.

Deepa Mohan
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Deepa Mohan is a freelance writer and avid naturalist.

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