It’s well said that humans can do anything if they have the required will and direction. A recent report of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has revealed that 129 million hectares of forest has been lost so far because of the anthropogenic activities of human beings. This size of land is equivalent to the size of South Africa. It means that human beings have caused a lot of harm to the earth’s natural atmosphere.
On the other hand, there are people like Salgado, who not only care about they nature but they also attempt to right the wrong. He is a renowned figure. In 1990s, he was exhausted to learn about the fate of Rwandan people. Therefore, he returned home and was devastated to find out that the area was barren and devoid of life. He along with his wife Lelia believed that they had to replant the entire area. At that time only 0.5% of the land was covered in trees.
The couple founded an institution named as Instituto Terra and this institution has planed 4 million saplings so far. It has successfully brought the forest back from the dead. Salgado said that only one thing can transform carbon dioxide into oxygen and that are trees. He added that only native trees should be planted, as animals are also inclined to return to those forest which consist of native trees and herbs.
In the last 20 years, the area has flourished remarkably. Wildlife has returned and now the deathly silence is absent. Some 172 species have returned and 33 species are mammals while 293 species are plants along with 15 species of reptiles and 15 species of amphibians. It’s a welcome change.
This is an amazing change. The story is a guideline to everyone who thinks that they need a huge amount of resources to do something on a large scale.