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For 35 Years This Man Has Been Planting One Sapling Everyday, Today The Barren Land Is A 1,360 Acre Forest

The Logical Indian Crew

January 23rd, 2017

This is a story of a man unlike any other; a man who has fathered a forest.

The year 1979 brought with it massive floods in Jorhat, Assam that, in turn, brought with it a number of snakes. But they could not survive the June-July heat.

The snakes died because nature could not provide them a home. A habitat that should have been suitable for them, couldn’t help them sustain life.

Tropicana brings to you the story of a young boy who knew that he had to do something about it.

Thirty-five years ago, Jadav Payeng began planting one sapling everyday on an empty sandbar of river Brahmaputra. Today, the once-a-barren land is the 1,360 acre Molai forest that is home to five Royal Bengal tigers, hundreds of elephants, deers, wild boars, reptiles and rare species of rhinoceroses.

For Jadav, every tree in the forest is his child, they’re his family. The first tree that he had planted still lives and this is an accomplishment unlike any other.

Jadav could have not cared. But he knew that nature, our home, has to be protected by us. It is we who can give back to the environment the care that it gives to us.

Tropicana has begun an important discourse in this regard, urging people to not forget the environment.

Most of us living in our urban homes crave for the serenity of nature but only break out of our corporate shackles temporarily.

This year, India witnessed the hottest winters in history.

This is a sign that the nature is giving us to pause and take a look around us. Climate change is real and it falls upon each of us to not let it catch up.

This Diwali, an occasion when we give gifts to the ones we love, let us gift back to nature. Join Tropicana and Jadav to remember how important the nature is to each of us.

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