Jump to navigation. We all have grown up learning about it and witnessing it before our eyes, as more and more buildings replace trees and we rarely do anything about it. But, there is one man who is changing this, by single-handedly doing something which may be unimaginable but not unachievable. Padma Shri awardee, Jadav "Molai" Payeng, single-handedly planted an entire forest in Majuli Island in Assam, after scientists said the Island could die after a catastrophic drought. In , year-old Jadav came face to face with a huge problem, when a major drought after a life-threatening flood left hundreds of snakes dead due to extreme heat. In order to solve this, a young Jadav started planting one sapling every day in the middle of a barren wasteland in Assam.
Man plants entire forest in northern India ‘by himself’
This Indian man planted a tree every day for 35 years. The result is unbelievable - Lifestyle News
Payeng's four-decade-long feat of single-handedly raising a acre forest of barren sandbar will now grace the curriculum of sixth grade Bristol Connecticut school students, in what will be the latest laurel for the year-old Assamese farmer. Concerned over ecological degradation in Majuli island now a district in eastern Assam, Payeng began planting trees on the barren sandbar, eventually transforming it into a deep forest. Sharma, who hails from neighbouring Jorhat district, said students in the school also watched two documentaries on Payeng as part of their curriculum. Jadav inspires our students to learn about and protect the environment. If every person does a small act, there can be a big impact on the environment.
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It is very susceptible to soil erosion and experts claim that within 20 years it could completely wash away. After one terrible year of extreme flooding in , Jadav decided he would plant a sapling in the barren soil to help his homeland. It was an act he pledged to repeat every day for the foreseeable future and in the last 39 years, his woodland has grown to hectares. Jadav can still locate the first sapling he planted, which is now a towering tree with a thick trunk. When the forest began to grow, elephants, Bengal tigers and rhinos made Majuli their home for several months of the year.
Jadav Payeng, known as the Forest Man of India, spent 30 years of his life planting trees to save his island, creating a forest and restoring wildlife in it. Jadav Payeng is better known as the Forest Man of India. He earned this name by spending 30 years of his life planting trees, creating a real man-made forest of hectares.