Martino was a happy boy. He liked drawing so
much, he always carried a sketchbook, a pencil and an eraser with him. One day
he went for a walk in the woods.
He walked down the path and then stopped on a
bench to draw. He realized he was wrong. He looked for the tire, but didn’t
find it. Angry, he tore the sheet away, rolled it up and threw it on the
crumpled sheet of paper reopened as before. He got to his feet and, walking
like a robot, approached Martino and touched Martino’s leg. The sheet said to
him: “Hey, you! Why did you throw me on the ground? Do you know it’s a
huge mistake? “.
Martino exclaimed: “Sorry, but I didn’t
know! Can you tell me why I was wrong? “And Foglio replied:” Gladly,
the first reason is simple: you should not dirty the woods with waste paper, or
plastic or glass bottles. It hurts trees, flowers and even animals. Another
reason is that I am a sheet of paper and if it is too hot I can also catch
fire; these trees would burn with me in a second. There is an even more
important reason: a sheet of paper is made with the wood of the trees, for this
reason many trees are cut. However, there are those who have created containers
to throw away the paper used to regenerate it and then be able to reuse it: in
this way many trees are saved. “” You understand now, why don’t you
have to throw me on the ground? “.
Martino had understood correctly and was also a
little ashamed, but no one had ever taught him that a piece of paper could
still be useful. He picked up the paper, rolled it up again and put it in his
pocket. As he was returning home, he found a container for the paper and threw
the sheet, which falling said: “Thanks, you did the right thing!”.