Human scale of the possible

Human scale of the possible

Perhaps no man is an island, but when he lives on an island that’s disappearing, one man can make all the difference.

Jadav Payeng is one man who has single-handed slowed the erosion of his island by planting trees on a sandbar in the Brahmaputra River, turning it into a forest reserve. He’s been doing it since 1979, and is officially known as India’s “Forest Man.” This touching short film by the same name tells Payeng’s story from the perspective of his friend, photographer Jitu Kalita.

That one person can stall and even reverse the effects created by many is an important inspiration in an uncertain world. This may be the most uplifting 16 minutes you’ll see today.

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