The current generation is after all the mistakes and inhumanity made by the humans on our mother nature. However, we do have a rare amount of people who devote their entire life on cutting and making a better environment.
Unfortunately, people are leading a busy life and are busy enough to appreciate such people. Kudos to Social media and internet. People are now slowly but gradually getting relevant input from such social workers, who risk their lives to make a better living for the rest. Such people are hard to find and even harder to recognize. The reason behind the failure of recognition lies in the lack of appreciation. The first known “man-made” forest is located on the outskirts of United States.
Ideally designed and constructed by the powerful duo of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in the year 1858. It took him around $2 Million and a whopping thousand men to complete the work. Luckily their effort was recognized by UNESCO and now it is a part of widely recognized World heritage sites. When we arrive at the other side of the world, Asia to be precise, we get to see yet another valiant effort made by an environmentalist.
India is a country known for its secularism and literacy, is also a place where one could see and feel a forest made of a single determined person. Yes, you heard it right, Molai forest is a man-made forest built from two caring hands of Jadav Payeng. The entire story started when Payeng, an aspiring and brilliant student returned to his hometown, Aruna Sapori. Aruna Sapori is a barren river island of Brahmaputra. By the time he visited the island, he was in his early teens. At that time he completed his Tenth standard exam. While he was there, he saw a huge amount of flora and fauna being abandoned.
Moreover, on further inspection, he saw hundreds of snakes curled around lifelessly on the deserted sandbar. Payeng was awestruck and he rushed to the nearest community village to seek help. Unfortunately, by the time he returned, the snakes were taken away by the flood and consequently leading them to death. Luckily enough he had a full support from his villagers and was given a sack of seeds and a good bunch of bamboo plants.
Brave Paying would then plant the seeds all alone. It took him around 40 years to complete a set of good growth which provided enough resources for the species to live with. This helped a wide range of versatile and rare species to live and adapt to the cultivated environment. Amidst such crucial development, Payeng stopped his schooling to look after his family.
Being one of the thirteen siblings, Paying took business and work over schooling. But that doesn’t stop him from flourishing a green and clean forest. Research and studies show that “Payeng’s” forest is home to a fresh and versatile breed of animals including a The Royal Bengal tigers, deer, wild boars, vultures and other species. When it comes to flora, the forest holds a quality amount of medicinal and other utilities. The said utilities include Bamboos, Teak, Jackfruit, Plum, Peach, Baheda, Elephant grass, gulmohur and other integral plants.That is not all, the forest is said to have a good food chain which seals the possibility for the forest to remain intact for ages to come. The said food chain is generic and the royal Bengal tigers remain at the top of the food chain.
According to Jadav Payeng, The Tigers usually feast on Buffaloes, Crows, Boars, Vultures and pretty much everything except the grass. Payeng is continuing his effort and is planning to maintain the tiger species. This would provide safety for the threat possessed by the Tigers. Henceforth cementing the population of tigers and consequently saving it from being extinct. So, a big thank you, for saving the pride and national animal of India. However, we would have neglected his efforts if it wasn’t for Payeng’s friend and mentor Jitu Kalita. Jitu Kalita is an avid, local wildlife photographer, came across Payeng’s accomplishment in the year 2010 and he also a published an article on the same, in the year 2010.
This kind effort of Jitu handed Jadav Payeng some valuable and well deserving recognition. This recognition was well put, as people around the world quickly turned their attention to this unbelievable feat performed by Jadav Payeng. Once he started getting enough recognition, he began complaining the Wildlife and Forest department for a good cause. Paying claimed the negligence of the first department to help him out. He would later on state that, the forest department did not even give him resources such as seeds and other instruments for helping him out. Moreover, the seed and instruments were all purchased by himself, from his own earnings. After going through a lot of tough times, Payeng hopes for a better tomorrow, and do not find such negligence from them in future.
However, it wasn’t until 2012 when Payeng started getting critical following and recognition. For his single-handed effort, the Jawarhal Nehru University felicitated him and gave him a well deserving Nickname of “Forest Man of India”. Moreover, A.P.
J Abdul Kalam awarded him a cash award and Payeng was given position as one among the 900 experts to attend a worldwide conference of International forum for sustainable development in France. The forest man also received Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India, for his valiant efforts. There is no end to his efforts on making a better environment. Payeng is planning on increasing the boundary of his forest and to make a better plantation for more species to live. For a man who visits the forest every day as a hobby, Payeng has already made some plans to enhance “his”.
So expect some big changes soon. Possibilities are high and the expected output is even higher. This valiant effort of Payeng should not be overlooked, it is important for the world to know. That being said, Payeng is truly a role model for future environmentalists and undoubtedly, his stories will continue inspiring more people.