Boy Plants A Tree Every Day On A Bare Island For 40 Years, And Now It’s A Lush Forrest


Here’s an uplifting story to take you into the weekend…

In 1979, Jadav Payeng, then 16, encountered a large number of snakes that had died due to excessive heat after floods washed them onto the tree-less sandbar. Then and there, Jadav made it his life’s mission to save Majuli from erosion by planting trees. Working tirelessly every day, he has planted 550 hectares of forest – larger than Central Park in New York City (340 hectares). That forest is now home to Bengal tigers, Indian rhinoceros, and even a herd of over 100 elephants regularly visit it every year.

Scroll down to learn more about this real-life hero.

  1. Jadav Payeng lives on the biggest river island in the world, Majuli

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  2. The island, however, is under constant threat due to the extensive soil erosion on its banks

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  3. Over the last 70 years, Majuli has shrunk by more than half and there are concerns it will be submerged in the next 20 years

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  4. But its life may have even been shorter if it wasn’t for Jadav

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  5. Everything started in 1979 when he was only 16 years old

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  6. He encountered a large number of snakes that had died due to excessive heat after floods washed them onto the tree-less sandbar

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  7. There and then, Jadav made it his life’s mission to save Majuli from erosion by planting trees

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  8. And he has been doing it every day for the last 39 years

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  9. He has planted 550 hectares of forest – larger than Central Park in New York City (340 hectares)

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  10. And it has become home to many animals

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