Couple Plants 2.7 Million Trees Over 20 Years To Restore Brazilian Forest

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Article by Andrea D. Steffen, Intelligent Living

A couple of people can literally make a whole forest of a difference! That’s what renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado and his wife Lélia Deluiz Wanick Salgado have proven. With the help of many, they planted 2.7 million trees over the span of two decades, completely restoring an entire forest that had been wiped out by deforestation.

It all began back in 1994 when Sebastião Salgado took over family land in the state of Minas Gerais after finishing a traumatizing assignment reporting on the genocide in Rwanda. Already devastated from the assignment, you can imagine how horrible he felt when, upon returning to his homeland, he found all the trees cut down and the wildlife gone rather than the tropical paradise that he remembered as a child. Then his wife came up with the brilliant idea of replanting the forest.

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