Ever since 1979, Jadav Payeng has been preoccupied with a strange mission. He has wanted to plan trees and plant trees he did. But because he added a new one to his grove every day for nearly four decades, he has single handily planted a forest bigger than Central Park in Manhattan.
Because he was dedicated and persistent, the arborist has managed to transform an eroding wasteland into a tropical paradise. Not only is his sanctuary appreciated by human visitors, more than 115 elephants, rhinoceroses, deer, and tigers call the 550-hectare forest their home.
Check out the images from the spectacular creation below! Kids, this is what dedicated hard work can do for you…
Payeng dreamed about restoring his home island of Majuli and the neighboring Jorhat. Because the beautiful forest, that once covered them, had been cut down and destroyed, he wanted to plant it back and give the next generations on the planet the chance to see the beauty that he grew up loving.
Because agriculture and human influence destroyed the natural beauty of Majuli and Jorhat, the only way to restore its pristine beauty was by hand – one tree at a time.
Although almost everyone told him that he was a fool to try to build a rainforest by himself, he failed to listen to them. Instead of allowing the naysayers to trample on his dream, every day for 37 years he went out and planted a tree – now he has created a forest that animals and humans alike can enjoy.
Payeng is a man on a mission. His creation is more important to him than he is to himself. Here’s what he recently said:
“I tell them, cutting my trees will get you nothing. Cut me before you cut my trees!”
In the video below, you will learn more about Payeng. Besides his dedication to the forest, Payeng wants to educate children about the environment.
Majuli island is located inside the large Brahmaputra river in India.
“Man is responsible for global warming. Our education system doesn’t encourage kids to plant trees. The kids have only been encouraged to cut down trees, not to plant them,” Payeng says in the video below. “I’m growing old now but I am confident my sons will keep the forest alive. They are already in love with nature.”
Not long ago, Payeng’s story was shared on the National Geographic Facebook page. Here is what readers had to say about his amazing journey and mission.
Here are what some viewers like you had to say:
“I wish people were like this. I mean we need to cut down trees but we don’t need a lot and if people cut down trees I wish they plant another tree in return.”
“He is a total inspiration. His knowledge of a forest is right on. Trees roots hold water in the ground and will nourish the land.”
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