This is brilliant. I am not often moved, but this video moved me.
When we are kids, we read about heroes, superheroes. We read about men and women who take up arms and go to war. Movies speak of those heroes who, single-handedly, win battles.
Jadav Payeng, from the North-Eastern State of Assam in India, is a hero. He is poor. Yet, he has re-forested an area larger than Central Park all by himself.
If this is not heroism, what is?
With men like him around, we can have a nice planet to live in.
Do watch the video. It is moving.
“Forest Man” is a short documentary directed by Canadian filmmaker William D. McMaster that follows Jadav Payeng, a man living in Jorhat, India, who has been planting his own forest on Majuli Island in India’s Brahmaputra River since the late 1970s. The forest, which now covers more ground than New York’s Central Park, is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including rhinos, deer, tigers and 115 elephants. “My dream is to fill up Majuli Iland and Jorhat with forest again. I will continue to plant until my last breath.”