"When Jadav Payeng from India found that the soil of his land was even too hot and lifeless to even encourage snakes to crawl over because of the absence of any tree cover, he sat down and wept about the carnage of dead livestock and other creatures.
He alerted the forest department and asked them if they could grow trees there. They said that nothing would grow there. He was advised by the authorities to go away and plant a few bamboo to see if they would grow. Jadav did much more than suggested.
Over the next thirty years he planted a 1,360 acre forest by himself! When asked about this labour of love, Jadav said, 'It was painful, but I did it. Nature has made a food chain; why can't we stick to it? Who would protect these animals if we, as superior beings, start hunting them?'
With such love of the planet as expressed by Jadav, we should sit up and take note and recognise that in all our interests we need to be planting more trees than we currently have; not cutting them down at an unsustainable rate!" William Forde: August 10th, 2014. For the full story from 'The India Times' please log on to http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/stoi/deep-focus/The-man-who-made-a-forest/articleshow/12488584.cms