This man changed this remote island after planting trees every day since he was only 16 years old.
Back in the 1979, a teenager named Jadav Payeng witnessed how animals lose their lives because of excessive heat and floods due to the less tree on the area. Compassionate on what he saw, he then made it as his life’s mission to save the island from erosion by planting trees every single day. After working tirelessly and without stopping, he now managed to plant 550 hectares of forest, bigger than Central Park in New York City which is 340 hectares.
Over the last 70 years, experts say that the world’s largest river island, Majuli, might disappear on the map as the island has shrunk by more than half. Some even said that it will possibly submerge in the next 20 years.
Because of the serious soil erosion on its bank, there’s really a possibility that Majuli will soon disappear if not saved. The main reason why this soil erosion happens is that there are big embankments built in towns up the Brahmaputra river to protect them during the monsoon season and spare from further damage that redirects the devastating fury of the river to the islet.
Thanks to this former 16-year-old boy who started planting every day. Now, this forest is home to Bengal tigers, Indian rhinoceros, and more hundred elephants are reported visiting the area each year.
This also educates us again that planting trees really help to save the earth from its current situation. The solution lies in our hands and what’s lacking is the action. Let’s save the earth together!
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