This man has been planting a tree every day since he was just 16 years old. Now, almost 40 years later, he has grown a forest that is larger than New York City’s Central Park. Jadav Payeng is the Indian man who has nurtured 1,360 acres of forest on what was once a barren landscape devastated by erosion. A father of three, he lives on Majuli, the world’s largest river island. As a teenager, he was mortified after witnessing hundreds of animals dying from drought amid the dwindling greenery on the island, so he resolved to plant one sapling every day. McKinley Corbley | Good News Network | 11/08/2018 India’s disappearing island | Lost With Purpose Majuli island, Assam: a disappearing world | The Guardian | 14/02/2015 Majuli island to be protected from erosion, says Gadkari | The Hindu | 30/12/2017 Video: Forest Man (16.33) – William D McMaster 13/06/2014 Share this…

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