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Watch How One Man Single-Handedly Turned A 1360 Acre Barren Land Into A Forest In Assam

Posted on December 26, 2015 in Environment, Video

By Lipi Mehta

An area that used to be a barren piece of land 30 years ago is now a 1360 acre forest, home to 5 royal Bengal tigers and the migratory route for 100 elephants. “This forest is my sole life achievement,” says Jadav Molai Payeng, who has single-handedly cultivated it, starting with 17 bamboo saplings and transforming it into a flourishing ecosystem. At a time when world leaders have pledged to tackle climate change and when several Indian cities are on ‘red alert’ because of growing pollution, Payeng’s story is definitely inspiring, but moreover, it is a much-needed reality check.

The film beautifully meanders through the green, winding lanes of Aruna Chapori in Assam, and takes us on a journey of what life could be like if only we paid a little more attention to where we live. Watch the inspiring story of the ‘Forest Man Of India’ and tell us what you thought of it.

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