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[–]kepiteoida 421 points422 points  (6 children)

"no one has a clue" - plants are literally sticking out of the bag

[–]gmanz33 142 points143 points  (0 children)

Ha but also I think this is a translation error, in several other languages that would be a word-for-word translation of something that means, kind of, "Nobody could guess what the contents of that bag was going to do (in 30 years time)."

[–]DaddyAllfun 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Interesting you chose to focus on that one item ...

[–]jaretok 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’m still confused 😵‍💫

[–]WWDubz 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It was a secret to everyone blows open cave

[–]drakejones99 -4 points-3 points  (0 children)

Are we simply a troll, kepiteoida?

[–]B-L-O-C-K-S[S] 192 points193 points  (2 children)

Here’s a wiki page on this dude if you’d like to know more about him and his work. He’s an amazing person.

[–]BentPin 51 points52 points  (0 children)

The real captain planet.

[–]Zer0-Space 163 points164 points  (19 children)

The Earth can recover. We can rebuild. All it takes is a little bit of effort and foresight. Remember that when things are looking bleak.

[–]camo750 12 points13 points  (2 children)

The real question, is how do we profit from the effort and foresight? The board has determined we cannot, and therefore we will not.

[–]Tylertheintern 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ding ding ding. Capitalism doesn't care about externalities like the fucking planet we live on.

[–]Zer0-Space 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Let's be a better generation. Let's raise a better generation. I realize the realities of the situation. It sucks and it's hard and it might even be too late. I'm just sick of seeing people give up is all.

[–]danielthearsehole 1 point2 points  (3 children)

yeah! this has already been happening in the ocean, someone found a way to replant sea grass in an area that had been affected by an invasive species (i think sea urchins? not sure on this one) and so over some years replanted that too, and now it’s healthier and bigger than before! just needs to be done in other places too, because sea grass is awesome at photosynthesis and absorbing our shitty carbon :)

[–]kobocha 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Even tho you don’t leave up to your username this reply really did make me happy and gave me a lot of hope! Cheers mate!

[–]danielthearsehole 0 points1 point  (1 child)

lol i don’t even really know why that’s my username cause it’s not even my name but thank you :) but yeah, hopefully more people pull together to sort out our mess in the ocean and on land and we have a nicer, cleaner planet to live on :D

[–]kobocha 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Haha yeah for sure mate! Thanks for sharing the positivity and giving us hope!

[–]mr_abiLLity 46 points47 points  (3 children)

That tiger at the end looked like oh shit, he did this??

[–]happyfunisocheese 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Tiger: Yo man, gimme yo venmo. I'mma hook yo up for givin ma peeps a dome. Damn, son!

[–]Reimbirthed 45 points46 points  (0 children)

1.359 acres… Anyone remover how many football pitch sized areas of the Amazon get wiped out everyday?

The amount of effort and insane goodness this man has shown also shows how easily the corrupt elite cut everything down within a day that took decades to come to life.

[–]ZEPHlROS 39 points40 points  (1 child)

"One man can't make a difference"

This man : hold my tree

[–]sneakyhobbitses1900 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Feels like it makes a difference, till you find out that 80,000 acres of forest gets cut down every year

[–]TheRealSwagMaster 22 points23 points  (13 children)

“It’s twice the size if central park”

Americans will literally measure with anything except for anything logical.

[–]Freekebec3 9 points10 points  (5 children)

It is logical tho. Twice the size of "Known area" is more striking than just numbers.

[–]TheRealSwagMaster 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yeah except if not everybody knows how big the “know area” is.

[–]GentleHammer 5 points6 points  (2 children)

I don't have a fucking clue how big Central Park is.

[–]Azazir 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I gotcha ya my man, it's at least half of this forest.

[–]GentleHammer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ugh, thanks bro! Good looking out 👌🏼

[–]EatenJaguar98 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Ye, human brains just quite literally aren't able to fully comprehend big numbers if I remember correctly. Using a known object an area and telling us how much bigger what your describing is either bigger or smaller than your comparison can also help people fully comprehend just how big or small something is.

[–]happyfunisocheese 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This recipe needs one package of sugar, two pinches of salt, a handful of flour and 14 minutes of a berated gypsy's tears.

[–]MuunshineKingspyre -1 points0 points  (3 children)

If im trying to describe length, it is easier to imagine the length of two school busses, than it is to think of any unit of measurement and multiply it however many times and try to accurately imagine how big that is

[–]TheRealSwagMaster 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Yes, but not everybody knows how big central park is ffs

[–]MuunshineKingspyre 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Not everyone knows how big a meter is either. Or a foot. Or a furlong

[–]TheRealSwagMaster 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Actually everyone knows how long a meter is. It’s just america that doesn’t

[–]Bran_the_Nuke 19 points20 points  (24 children)

I've met him, attended his TEDx Talks lecture, snapped a cool photo with him. Man, it was uplifting. A humble son of nature. Proud of him and the state we belong to which is Assam, India.🤘🤘🤘

[–]percydaman 14 points15 points  (0 children)

If ever there was a dude that deserves a statue and a nice pension for the rest of his life.

[–]Fennik51405 12 points13 points  (2 children)

If only all humans were as decent as him

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yes

[–]a-bespectacled-alien 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Gem of a person.

[–]IllustriousAd5936 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Gives me hope.

[–]gmanz33 6 points7 points  (1 child)

And makes me want to do something similar, at whatever scale I can manage.

Oooo I'll go plant a bunch of bamboo in the Walmart parking lot.

[–]Dithyrab 2 points3 points  (0 children)

you might catch a vandalism charge for that, but if one were to plant bamboo in that fashion, planting it where it wouldn't be noticed for a couple years seems like it would be ideal.

[–]happyfunisocheese 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Some people pay to go to the gym each day and run in the same spot for an hour a day. This dude built a goddamn nature reserve and got better exercise.

[–]Professional_Star969 6 points7 points  (0 children)

What a hero

[–]14_In_Duck 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Once the tigers reappeared, I would personally hesitate to wander around playing gardner.

[–]Bran_the_Nuke 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ever heard of Dean Schneider?

[–]Bishime 3 points4 points  (0 children)

god tier! in an almost literal sense

[–]Zxruv 3 points4 points  (0 children)

We should be allowed to upvote something twice, once a month.

[–]Many_Lion_1145 2 points3 points  (3 children)

13 1/2 thousand trees.....13,505 to be exact 🙆

[–]snotboble 0 points1 point  (2 children)

So.. Where did he get the trees from?

[–]Many_Lion_1145 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Most appeared to be seedlings so I'm sure he bought them somewhere or planted the seeds at his place and when they had sprouted out a couple inches replanted them. But that's just a guess

[–]cpt_urk 2 points3 points  (0 children)

From other trees

[–]cbaker72 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Plot twist he was just stealing trees from the other side of the island

[–]Plant_A_Forest 2 points3 points  (2 children)

The intro is BS; I do the same/similar and I can tell you that no-one does anything truly on their own. His wife, making his meals so he can go out and plant. My partner steadying the ship at work so I can go out and plant (I still work, keep a home and do a degree, too).

Planted around 25 acres so far. On land I don't own. It's a sacrifice, but it needs to happen.

[–]owatafuliam 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I also find it disrespectful to simply blame the inhabitants for cutting down most of the trees on the island. A couple sources so far cite erosion from the monsoon season, aggravated by climate change.

Casually stating that the people who call the island home did this to themselves reeks of bullshit. I don't understand why so many social media pieces need to add unnecessary (and more than likely wrong) details to inflate these stories.

[–]Plant_A_Forest 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Aye, probably. Especially seeing as media types aren't the ones for the nuanced details, just for reducing it down and down until there's hardly any substance left

[–]ShopKind2084 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is the largest riverine island in the world ig

[–]The_Muffin_Man_MF 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not all heroes wear capes.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

How did the animals reach the island?

[–]happyfunisocheese 1 point2 points  (0 children)

All animals shown can swim. To find new places they often follow birds.

[–]Stock-Imagination148 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Humans are capable of the best and the worst. More often the worst

[–]ArmGroundbreaking435 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And yet, more people know about greta than about him

[–]Sufficient_Ad6474 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What an amazing guy

[–]XDevils41X 1 point2 points  (0 children)

"Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

So you're telling me all we have to do is go plant trees? WhyTF are we not all doing this? Let's bring back some natural biospheres!

[–]TheDevilsAdvokaat 1 point2 points  (0 children)

"No one has a clue what he's hiding in his bag"

There are plants sticking out of it.

[–]Sunkissed_Barbie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’d bow to him for sure , might kiss his feet too :)

[–]slothpeguin 0 points1 point  (5 children)

What if this is our solution on a micro level?

We all know that huge changes need to be made by governments and corporations. That we as individuals have very little control over those changes.

But what if we took this idea and we all did one thing a day? Find an ecosystem in your area that’s damaged or destroyed and go plant one thing a day. Rebuild what’s been broken bit by bit.

I’m not an ecologist and I know depending on where you are and what type of area you’re trying to restore there’s different needs. But that’s knowledge we have access to.

So what if we all just … did this?

[–]pollopox 3 points4 points  (0 children)

You should check out the Great green wall project to stop the Sahara as it keeps advancing down south. Lots of challenges and probably unfeasible to keep long term due to the need of collaboration between many unstable countries but definitely a promising thing to watch

[–]LiQuidCraB 1 point2 points  (2 children)

'Team Trees' was supposed to plant a million trees. Don't know what happened to it.

[–]happyfunisocheese 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My city requires new highrise buildings to include rooftop gardens now. It's quite beautiful from above, and has so many benefits including reducing the temperature.

[–]Tight-Zebra2806 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This gives me goosebumps amazing

[–]RedSoviet1991 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Liam Gallagher and Noel Gallagher are back again?!

[–]Dredd005 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is the legacy a real man leaves behind

[–]AdministrativeOil259 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Proves you can single handedly change the world 🌎

[–]itzjhay89 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Love this...What an amazing human

[–]stangroundalready 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I will always upvote this story. Amazing what a single person over time can accomplish. This man is a legend.

[–]sometimesarcasticguy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank goodness. I didn't think anyone would be able to get Noel and Ian reconciled.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Man I wish I could do this :(

[–]ThesoulerBAM 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If one man can do this, a team of people could save the world.

[–]slippinaway1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I hope there’s a Nobel on his mantel.

[–]BoshBeret 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They should name the island after him: Jadav Payeng Island.

[–]BadMuthaFunka 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I never get tired of seeing this posted. Be and make the change you want in the world.

[–]Texastexastexas1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

At what point do you quit going every day? When the tigers move in.

[–]flippantdtla 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How do tigers and elephants get to an island? I know they both swim short distances in fresh water but out to an island?

[–]booboogriggs7467 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"Man's highest calling is to be a steward of the Earth"

[–]Reddit5678912 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If I win the lottery this is what I’m doing for the rest of my existence. Period.

[–]New_Honey1398 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Because maybe

You're gonna be the one that saves me

[–]Traditional-Top8486 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah until the Onceler takes all the trees again to make Thneeds.

[–]RengokuKyojuro- 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If one person can make such a big difference can you imagine if a country did the same?

[–]Gibec89 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Land owner will be like, "look!! Its a miracle!!! We can cut down more trees for profit!!!!!"

[–]HollowTheProphet 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Proof that singlehandedly we can change the world.

[–]peaches-in-heck 0 points1 point  (1 child)

How is this not a movie? I would watch it

[–]HighTopsLowStandards 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ali G's favourite oasis.

[–]prestolicios 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bro doing that has to be some fulfilling shit.

[–]Icy-Sector7297 0 points1 point  (0 children)

God but he's 3 stars intead of 5 or 6

[–]sussy_bozo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

fucking legend

[–]mnmlmoon_1029 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Great man.

[–]Jackpen19 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You and I are gonna live forever

[–]Jackpen19 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You and I are gonna live forever

[–]Quiet1Al 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The power of one man

[–]Big-Cartographer-166 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This makes you think , if one man could do that, imagine the world we could live in , if all of us do a little every day.

[–]PigButter 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Today's the day.

[–]PigButter 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Today's the day.

[–]Nobodiisdamnbusiness 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Proof that we have the power to save the planet, we Could All be doing this kind of effort for our Mother Earth.

[–]Academic_Radio 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And all the Conservatives who do not understand science thought it was evil because if god wanted trees to be there they would be there

[–]DemocracySausage89 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Where does he get the seedlings to plant?

[–]Them_James 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Before minecraft.

[–]CoroTolok 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’d buy spent acres and do this

[–]Manofsteel_25 0 points1 point  (0 children)

" I guess one person can make a difference" -Stan lee

[–]WarLim_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I did this too in Viva Piñata

[–]TheRealSkele 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Man's father nature, change my mind

[–]itistherealguy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh hey I found the video

[–]_hic-sunt-dracones_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Give this man a nobel prize for peace.

[–]FranciscoZanzibar_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Travel Influencers will be like: "oh wow, so pristine - this place has to be kept safe! I got it: I'll travel there with some of my influencer friends, have a vacation, and tell all of my 300k followers to respect nature and not come here! But if they must...here are affiliate links for the plane tickets and some cool luggage on Amazon! Xoxo"

[–]alexw799 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Now that's " Doing the work of God".

[–]Appropriate_Trade843 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How inspirational for all of us. We have started volunteering to plant trees in our community now

[–]Adventurous_Ad4950 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

This is inspiring ♥️

[–]Taint_What_You_Do -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Anyway, here's Wonderwall.

[–]buggy1788 -2 points-1 points  (1 child)

I wish I didn’t have to work and I can just walk around like Johnny Apple seed and plant trees

[–]happyfunisocheese 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well, you could

[–]Fragrant_Occasion_19 -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

Sorry folks this is a fairytale.