I awoke to find myself inanother world, a world of suffering. As the numbness of sleep slowly faded frommy limbs, I felt dead grass poking into back, like tiny needles. I opened myeyes and gasped in a breath, but nothing came and I choked on my own drytongue. There was no air in this menacing world; lack of oxygen descended on mymind in a panic, in desperation I sucked in another breath, burning my lungswith a ferocity that consumed me. Mist descended on my eyes. I could feel myheart beating against my rib cage, slowing every second. I immediately escapedthe gloomy residential ward and started running towards the research facility.
Everything was getting darker to my eyes, finally I reached the World HealthOrganization’s Research Facility. I was towards the research room. As I entered the room, I was taken aback.It was a chaotic environment under confusion as everyone was debating over whatto do. The researchers had already started oxygenating the air in the building.According to the electronic report, we were facing severe deficiency of oxygenin the air, anoxia it was. The United Nations declared it a worldwide crisis aswe were called to the Headquarters at Geneva, Switzerland.
We were off toGeneva with oxygen cylinders on. Helicopter’s rotors roared far off in the airas it created a dust storm when it flew off the ground. The helicopter bladessliced through the thick air, heavy with moisture. The rhythmic soundreverberated out to the dawn. Switzerland was no longer the peaceful place Iremembered from yesterday.
Winds whipped us and beat us down in an instantbefore easing again just as quickly. It felt as if the world had been deserted,a complete silence. We soon landed, everyone there was busy in findingsolutions to the crisis. Deforestation had already been at its peak but thenineteen percent oxygen in the atmosphere was not something which could havesuddenly vanished.
We had started production of oxygen from Natural Gas in allour facilities round the globe, however, it wasn’t reliable. Suddenly flashedinto my memory, the book in my university years, which said that to solve anybiological crisis, the first step is observation. I came up with the idea toobserve the production of oxygen by natural sources. The results were that onlyten percent of oxygen was being produced by land plants and on the other side,the marine algae which used to produce seventy percent of all the oxygen wasnot producing any oxygen at all.
With this I concluded that there must be someproblem with the marine algae. With the help of research team, in a few days,we were able to get a sample of marine algae from Arabian Sea. Soon wedistinguished that it was contaminated by an air oxygen absorber and now it hadstarted absorbing oxygen into water rather than producing it. I immediatelycommanded the committee for the use of hydrogen per oxide which coulddeactivate this air oxygen absorber. We mixed it up with the water of theoceans. Soon marine life was re-established after which we started treating thepeople affected by anoxia.
By now, the world had realized the importance ofplants. As a mere human, I felt so small and insignificant in the mighty faceof Mother Nature. She flexed her muscles and taught us a harsh lesson ofrespect for this environment.