Saving Majuli Island: ‘The Forest Man’ Jadav Payeng

Majuli is the world’s largest river island. It suffered drastic erosion for ages…yet there is hope thanks for ONE person.


Since the 1970’s Majuli islander Jadav Payeng has been planting trees in order to save his island. To date he has single-handedly planted an entire forest transforming a barren wasteland, into a lush oasis.

A photographer discovered this amazing story…watch it here:

After being discovered he was awareded Padma Shri by the Indian president, among dozens of other awards…yet Jadav shuns the limelight and says ‘he has no time’ for fancy invitations or celebrityhood. He is busy planting trees!! ‘Cut me before you cut trees’ he says…’I will plant trees till my last breath.’

Let us be inspired with his selfless act! If he can do it, without any need for appreciation or recognition, why can’t we?  ‘It is good to have an appreciation, however the appreciation has no meaning if it does not bring a quality change in your mind set and reflect in your actions,‘ he says.

SO, this person has now launched the project called Plant for Planet Protection (PPP)

If you have been inspired by Jadav Payeng and wanted to do / doing / done the plantation activity in your own area, share your initiative with photographs of the team involved, number of saplings planted, seeds spread and with a statement of declaration, for his website for the world to further inspire.




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