In 1979, a 16-year-old boy in India became devastated after he found a pile of dead snakes who had been scorched to death by extreme heat and decided he couldn’t just stand there while animals did and something had to be done… so he planted a tree.

He ended up planting a tree every day for 35 years. Fast forward 39 years later and, thanks to him, what was once a forgotten land is now a forest 1.6 times the size of central park.

The forest contains several thousand varieties of trees and has attracted elephants, tigers, rhinos, deer, wild boars, reptiles, and birds.

The man is now appropriately nicknamed ‘The Forest Man of India’ and is proof that with dedication, something little can change the world.