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Indian Man Single-Handedly Plants a Forest Bigger Than Central Park to Save His Island

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In the northwest corner of India lies a special island surrounded by the Brahmaputra River. What’ makes it special is the fact that it is the largest river island in the world. Majuli is home to 150,000 people and the location of a 1,360-acre forest, but sadly, it’s the victim of erosion – and I mean years of damage. Even though flooding and erosion affects other areas, such as the mainland of Jorhat, erosion could possibly dissolve the island of Majuli, in no time.

The people of Majuli have lost homes because of the rising waters – homes and temples. It’s tragic, seeing as some of the temples located on Majuli are around 250 years old. Within five years, temples located just 200 kilometers from the river bank will also be gone.

The Forest Man

But there is hope for Majuli. A 1,360-acre forest, called Molai, could be just the thing to stop the erosion. Planted since the 70s, the Molai forest was nurtured by Jadav Payeng, one tree at a time, until it now is bigger than Central park! Although half of the island has already eroded away, thousands of trees and bamboo now hold fast some remaining acres. And all this was done single handed, by the forest man!

Because of this man’s efforts, endangered species, such as Bengal tigers, elephants and vultures, have returned to the island. Other species of animals thrive as well, along with plants and various vegetation. Acres of roots crawl deep into the ground, anchoring Majuli.

Jadav Payeng has been recognized for this endeavors too. The former president of India, A.P. J. Abdul Kalam, was the one who gave him the name “Forest Man of India”. This recognition came after a short film was made by photographer Jitu Kalita and a series of articles circulated the globe. Payeng had become a hero to his people and his home.

His efforts continue

The forest man continues to plant trees with the help of his family. And the planting is much easier than when he started, having seeds from established trees to grow more. Imagine, if one person can create such change, how much 5 or 10 people could do, if they only joined in the Forest man’s quest to halt flood and erosion from destroying Majuli. In fact, re-forestation could make a monumental difference all along the banks of the Brahmaputra River in India.

In the words of Payeng,

I am just a simple man. There are many just like me.”

Simply said and filled with promise for our planet, wouldn’t you say? Jadav Payeng will continue his work until he can do it no longer. I personally hope that his children will continue his legacy for saving Majuli. I also hope that the forest man can be an inspiration for us all. Each one of us can make a world of a difference. Especially when it’s our world that is at stake.

What can you do for your planet?

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Twins Born In Different Years, But Only 15 Minutes Apart, In Rare Birth

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In a heartwarming start to the New Year, a pair of California twins were born only 15 minutes apart — in separate years, with one born minutes before midnight on New Year’s Eve in 2021 and the other born at precisely midnight on New Year’s Day in 2022.

Their Mother, Fatima Madrigal, gave birth to her son Alfredo Antonio Trujillo at 11:45 p.m. on Saturday night, according to the Natividad Medical Center, which announced the birth on Sunday.

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Alfredo’s sister, Aylin Yolanda Trujillo, was born precisely at midnight in a new year with a different birthdate, just 15 minutes after Alfredo’s brother.

Dr. Ana Abril Arias, a family physician at the hospital, described the deliveries as being “uniquely timed” and “one of the most memorable deliveries of my career.”

“It was an absolute pleasure to help these little ones arrive here safely in 2021 and 2022,” Arias added in the release. “What an amazing way to start the New Year!”

After spending time in the hospital with their mother and father, Robert Trujillo, the two newborns will travel home to meet their three older siblings – two girls and a boy.

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Game Changer: The FDA Approved Eye Drops That Replace Reading Glasses

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The Food and Drug Administration authorized eye drops that may possibly replace reading glasses for millions of people in October, and they entered the market this week.

“It’s definitely a life changer,” trial participant Toni Wright told CBS“I would not need my readers as much, especially on the computer, where I would always need to have them on.”

The drops, known as pilocarpine, and sold by pharma outlet Allergan under the name “Vuity,” might help the 128 million people in the United States who are nearsighted. One drop in each eye, according to the business, may enhance closeup eyesight for six to ten hours, according to CBS News.

The drops function by utilizing the eye’s natural capacity to shrink its pupil.

“Reducing the pupil size expands the depth of field or the depth of focus, and that allows you to focus at different ranges naturally,” George Waring, lead investigator of a clinical trial, told CBS.

At $80 for a 30-day supply, the drops aren’t cheap, but they’re also not excessively pricey, considering the benefit..

However, it is not a cure-all, and headaches and burning eyes are two of the most common adverse effects reported. The manufacturer also advises against using the drops at night while driving or when operating machinery.

Middle-aged adults are the ones who benefit the most from the drops. According to CBS, those over the age of 65 will be less affected by them.

Millions of people find wearing reading glasses inconvenient, therefore getting rid of them is surely appealing.

Along with revolutionary technologies like Lasik, humans are continually moving towards a future where problems with eyesight are a thing of the past. Nice.

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