Making a Difference- Jadav Payeng

In May, I wrote a post called They Touched My Heart.  One of the videos in that post was the story of Jadav Payeng, who at 17 started planting trees on a barren sandbar in India.   Since that time a documentary about him was produced by Will McMaster.  It is both beautiful and inspiring.  To me, Jadav’s work is a good example of the difference one person can make.

The description that goes with the video says:

It has been said that the single most powerful thing one can do to combat climate change and promote peace is to plant a tree. Jadev Payeng has been doing just that since the 1970’s on the once-barren sandbar on the banks of the Brahmaputra River in Assam, India. Over 40 years later, the forest he’s planted is now larger than New York City’s Central Park and is home to several thousand varieties of trees as well as an amazing diversity of wildlife, including rhino, elephants, and even tigers.
I hope you  find the video as inspiring as I do!


6 thoughts on “Making a Difference- Jadav Payeng

    1. So true. Imagine what the world would be like if we all put that much commitment into an endeavor.

      I am reminded of Gandhi’s words: “I claim to be no more than the average person with less than average ability. I have not the shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have, if he or she would make the same effort and cultivate the same hope and faith.”


  1. I first saw this video a while back and found the story of Jadav Payeng and his forest very moving and inspiring.
    It illustrates so well how we can indeed be the change, and create the change we wish to see in the world. And Jadav’s forest reminds me that we don’t have to do it all in one day!!!! One person’s kind, caring act ….. as simple as planting a tree; repeated over the years can create a forest that supports the sustainability of the planet and be a home to countless flora and fauna.


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