When Jadav Payeng was 16, he planted trees. He planted so many trees that he was able to reverse the effects of global warming in the distance, and he called home, inspiring thousands of people. This is the story of The Forest Man.
Threatening climate change
Located on an island off the Brahmaputra River in India, he understands that the Earth's natural environment is truly on the brink of disaster, affecting not just his home, but the entire world. "I am sad when I see people [cutting down] Trees, "Payeng said," we have to save nature or else we'll all perish. "
A sinking ship
Payeng's island, home of Majuli, was in a terrible situation. It disappeared. In the last 70 years, the island has shrunk by half due to global warming and extensive soil erosion. Fortunately, Payeng was able to plant enough trees to prevent the island from completely sinking, which would have been very likely had he not ascended.
The birth of the woodman
It all started in 1979, when snakes dried up on the sandbank of the island. The snakes quickly began to die of excessive heat because the shores of the island had no vegetation to keep them cool. Payeng knew then that he had to do something. Forty years and thousands of trees later, the sandbanks look completely different.
A forest to call his own
Payeng himself has planted 550 acres of forest land larger than Central Park New York City, and he does not plan to stop in the near future. "It may take another 30 years, but I'm optimistic, I'll never stop, and that's the only way to survive Majuli," he said.
Return of the wilderness
Now that Payeng has created a new, lush environment on the island, the wildlife has started again. A herd of more than 100 elephants visits the island annually, along with Indian rhino and endangered Bengal tigers. Payeng has not only influenced these animals and the people on his island, but those around the world who are inspired by his story.