2 real life heroes, you may not have heard before!

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    Mar 07, 2013 3:23 PM GMT
    1. Name: Jadav Payeng
    single-handedly plants a 1,360-acre forest
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jadav_Payeng

    A little more than 30 years ago, a teenager named Jadav "Molai" Payeng began burying seeds along a barren sandbar near his birthplace in northern India's Assam region to grow a refuge for wildlife. Not long after, he decided to dedicate his life to this endeavor, so he moved to the site where he could work full-time creating a lush new forest ecosystem. Incredibly, the spot today hosts a sprawling 1,360 acres of jungle that Payeng planted — single-handedly.

    The Times of India recently caught up with Payeng in his remote forest lodge to learn more about how he came to leave such an indelible mark on the landscape.

    It all started way back in 1979, when floods washed a large number of snakes ashore on the sandbar. One day, after the waters had receded, Payeng, only 16 then, found the place dotted with the dead reptiles. That was the turning point of his life.

    "The snakes died in the heat, without any tree cover. I sat down and wept over their lifeless forms. It was carnage. I alerted the forest department and asked them if they could grow trees there. They said nothing would grow there. Instead, they asked me to try growing bamboo. It was painful, but I did it. There was nobody to help me. Nobody was interested," says Payeng, now 47.

    While it's taken years for Payeng's remarkable dedication to planting to receive some well-deserved recognition internationally, it didn't take long for wildlife in the region to benefit from the manufactured forest. Demonstrating a keen understanding of ecological balance, Payeng even transplanted ants to his burgeoning ecosystem to bolster its natural harmony. Soon the shadeless sandbar was transformed into a self-functioning environment where a menagerie of creatures could dwell. The forest, called the Molai woods, now serves as a safe haven for numerous birds, deer, rhinos, tigers and elephants — species increasingly at risk from habitat loss.

    Despite the conspicuousness of Payeng's project, forestry officials in the region first learned of this new forest in 2008 — and since then they've come to recognize his efforts as truly remarkable, but perhaps not enough.

    "We're amazed at Payeng," says Gunin Saikia, assistant conservator of Forests. "He has been at it for 30 years. Had he been in any other country, he would have been made a hero."


    2.Name: Dashrath Manjhi. A.K.A. Mountain Man
    The Man Who Moved a Mountain
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dashrath_Manjhi
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    Mar 07, 2013 3:30 PM GMT
    Thanks Harry! Those are two pretty incredible feats, and the reasons behind them are examples of the best of being compassionate humans.
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    Mar 07, 2013 3:46 PM GMT
    meninlove said Thanks Harry! Those are two pretty incredible feats, and the reasons behind them are examples of the best of being compassionate humans.


    Yes, Very inspiring
    People called the mountain man as a lunatic when he started digging, but he said
    “When I started hammering the hill, people called me a lunatic but that steeled my resolve.”
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    Mar 07, 2013 3:48 PM GMT
    Amazing:

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    Mar 07, 2013 3:52 PM GMT
    What the Mountain Man achieved:

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    Mar 07, 2013 3:54 PM GMT
    Funny, I was about to say "this thread needs pics:"

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    Lots more amazing pics if you do a Maloi woods google image search:

    http://www.google.com/search?q=molai+woods&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=krc4UYvvDanK0wGAroAQ&sqi=2&ved=0CD8QsAQ&biw=1427&bih=679#imgrc=_
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    Mar 07, 2013 3:59 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidFunny, I was about to say "this thread needs pics:"


    Ha ha, I was about to post some pics, fortunately you & meninlove took the workload from me icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 07, 2013 4:06 PM GMT

    I'm still happily surprised at what those two men did without riches or lots of help. It proves how amazing each of us CAN be when we are inspired, and how much we can help others with no more resources than ourselves.

    To those men, and Harry for posting this: Thanks for the inspiration!
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    Mar 07, 2013 8:44 PM GMT
    One person CAN make a differe.ce...if they want to enough.
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    Mar 08, 2013 3:41 AM GMT
    Bodycontactau saidOne person CAN make a differe.ce...if they want to enough.


    Yes, that's the very point and the very reason why I shared this!

    One man can do great things & imagine what we can achieve with the collective force of 7 billion people...
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    Mar 09, 2013 1:53 AM GMT
    Nature heals with time. With a bit of help, it really speeds things up.

    I'm reminded of a PBS documentary, chronicling the entire but shortened life of a particular Bengal Tiger, from birth to his accidental death for lack of greenbelts such as this one. The notoriety of this tiger's incredible life and journey through populated areas led to designating land near where he died, a national sanctuary.

    http://video.pbs.org/video/1799568633/

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    This post is also a reminder of incrementalism in our daily lives. Little daily steps in the right or the wrong direction can add up to vastly different outcomes in the end.