Forest Man of India, Assam’s Jadav Payeng is now busy penning a book on environment conservation.
This, he feels, is a small step towards inspiring millions with his noble efforts to conserve the environment.
Payeng said the book will enable students to learn the benefits of forestation and better understand the environment.
“I am writing a book on the environment so that students can easily understand the environment…they can also do some practical work,” said Payeng at an event organized by the Post Graduate Student Union of Gauhati University recently.
Addressing to a gathering of over 400 students who were a part of the ‘Pokriti’ event at Gauhati University, Payeng shared his inspiring journey.
“I fought against society to build the forest. Now my forest is a source of livelihood for many people,” he said.
Payeng was critical of the prevalent education system for not giving enough importance to the environment.
“People know the name of trees, but they cannot recognize them practically. This is not a good situation. Lessons on the environment should be included from the lower primary level itself,” he was quoted as saying in reports.
Further, Payeng added that the natural beauty of Assam can help tourism in the region.
“When someone visits Assam, they live in a fresh environment – which is less polluted,” he said.
“Add to that the natural beauty of the region. Tourism can get a major boost if we can keep our environment clean and green,” he added.
Payeng said the students are the future and he dedicates his forest to the young generation.
“Now, the forest is not only mine. I want you to take care of it. If you don’t take any initiatives to save the environment, then after some years, entire mankind will suffer,” he said.
Talking about climate change, Payeng said the world leaders should accept that the world is in danger because of pollution.