Weekend Diversion: The Forest Man of India

Without sufficient vegetation to stabilize the soil — plant life with large, complex root systems — the river has not only been eroding the island, but the rate of erosion has increased in recent years. As of today, less than half the initial land area of the island remains, and without any intervention, the entire island could be gone by 2030. Or rather, could have been, if it weren’t for one remarkable person.