An Indian man named Jadav Payeng started planting trees on a barren sandbar at 17. He is now 47 and lives in his own 1,360 acre forest which now houses rhinos, tigers, deers, apes and elephants. (en.wikipedia.org)
“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” ~ Greek Proverb
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” ~ Chinese Proverb
“A friend of mine made this short documentary film with crowdsource financing. It ended winning a showcase in Cannes. He has put the film (16 minutes) online so watch for free. I hope you find it inspiring rather then depressing.” ~ Gesar Mukpo
Since the 1970’s Majuli islander Jadav Payeng has been planting trees in order to save his island. To date he has single handedly planted a forest larger than Central Park NYC. His forest has transformed what was once a barren wasteland, into a lush oasis.
Humble yet passionate and philosophical about his work. Payeng takes us on a journey into his incredible forest.
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