“I don’t always plant trees, but when I do, I plant a whole forest that tigers and elephants live in,” could be a line from a Dos Equis commercial, but it is also something that one man, Jadev Payeng can honestly say.

If you think you cannot make a difference, just watch this video. This short film about the amazing story of the man made forest of Molai was crowdfunded via IndieGogo. It tells the story of Payeng, who single-handedly  planted an entire forest to stop the erosion of his island home!

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The forest Payeng planted is 1360 acres. That’s bigger than NYC’s Central Park! And what’s more, this forest is on a sandbar in the middle of one of the largest rivers in the world. The sandbar is the largest river island in the world, located in North East India.

He’s a modern day Johnny Appleseed, only he plants all kinds of plant life, including 300 hectares of bamboo alone. He has created a home for all kinds of animals, Bengal tigers, elephants, deer, even rhinos!

Payeng’s home could be gone in only 20 years, all due to soil erosion. But he has taken action. His story is a microcosm of what is happening on a global scale. We could ruin our planet, the only home we have, if we don’t do something to combat global warming. We don’t all have to do what Payeng did, but if all of us do just a fraction we might just keep our planet a little longer.

 

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