Death sentence..!

THERE was a stamping of little feet and raising of childlike voices in the courtroom. The judge lifted his gavel and brought it down, not once, not twice but a dozen times, but the angry din didn’t die down a bit.
“Order!” Order!” he screamed rising from his seat and some calm was restored, but a moment later the sounds became worse, “Killers!” cried the children in the courtroom, as the defendants were led to their box. “Murderers!” shouted the same children, their shrieking shrill voices rising in crescendo. “Destroyers!” “Butchers!” “Order! Order!” said the judge, but even as he turned his angry glance at the parents and other adults in the defendants box, their lawyers knew it was a lost case.
“You may start!” said the judge kindly to the lawyer who represented the children of the world and the children cheered as their young lawyer got up, but next moment they started their angry booing again as they looked at the adults standing with forlorn faces. “Your honor, these men and women in the dock are murderers and killers!” shouted the young lawyer.
“Some of these you accuse are your parents, uncles and aunts,” said the judge. “Butchers!” shouted the children some of whom were crying. “What charges have you against the accused?” asked the judge. “That they,” said the lawyer reading from a list, “have knowingly misused the earth they were given to use for a limited period and have through pollution and waste, emissions and environmental mishandling, made this planet a place unfit for these children to live in.” “What evidence do you have?” asked the judge.
“Floods! “Unseasonal rains!” “Epidemics!” shouted children. “Tsunamis!” shouted a child from Asia. “Heat waves!” “Global warming!” “Dried rivers!” “Shrinking oceans!” “Order, order!” shouted the judge finally, “You say that all this has been caused because these people never took care of this planet?”
“Yes your honour!” “What do you plead?” asked the judge looking at the accused, who stood trembling; adults all of them in the age group of fifty and above.
“We plead guilty your honour!” “Guilty of destroying planet Earth leased to you for your lifetimes?” “Yes your honour!”
The judge turned to the lawyer who represented the children, “And what punishment do you ask?” “Death!” shouted all the children, “Death..!” and even as they shouted the judge heard the sickening sounds of wheezing and coughing from an unhealthy generation.
“The sentence is death..!” said the judge, bringing down his gavel, “to a generation who destroying property given to them on a lifetime lease..!”

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