Today, on the Earth Day, we would like to introduce you to a man that, over the course of thirty years, has planted and tended trees on a sandbar of the river Brahmaputra turning it into a forest reserve. This man is called Jadav Payeng, an environmental activist and forestry worker from Jorhat, India.
Since we start writing this blog we have stressed that we believe in people. Even though there are still some things that have not being doing correctly, there are still lots of people who want to do good to other people and to the environment. One of those is Jadav Payeng, someone who wanted to change the world, and so he did. It all started in 1979, he was 16 years old. Large floods washed a great amount of snakes ashore the sandbar next to Payeng’s home. After the tide had receded, Payeng found the place dotted with the dead reptiles; this spurred a turning point in his life.
“The snakes died in the heat, without any tree cover. I sat down and wept over their lifeless forms. It was carnage. I alerted the forest department and asked them if they could grow trees there. They said nothing would grow there. Instead, they asked me to try growing bamboo. It was painful, but I did it. There was nobody to help me. Nobody was interested,” says Payeng, now 47.
The forest is called Molai forest after him and it is located near Kokilamukh of Jorhat, Assam, India, and encompasses an area of about 560 hectares of forest. While his efforts may have not received the amount of recognition they so deserve, Payeng’s example importantly shines as inspiration for all who at any time have more opportunity than they might think to powerfully impact the world.
As Eduardo Galeano said:
”Mucha gente pequeña, en lugares pequeños, haciendo cosas pequeñas, pueden cambiar el mundo”
”Many small people, in small places, doing small things, can change the world”
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