“When is the best time to plant a tree? Twenty years ago. The second best time? Today.”—Chinese proverb
And here's an inspiring story of a man who did that--day after day:
"The Man Who Planted Trees is a simple and unforgettable tale about perseverance, hope, and humility. In the years before the First World War, in the foothills of the French Alps, the narrator meets a shepherd who has quietly taken on the task of planing 100 acorns a day in an effort to reforest the desolate region. Over the next several decades, this man's quiet, solitary works comes to fruition—the region in transformed, life and hope return, and the world is renewed."
Check it out on Amazon: Amazon.com: The Man Who Planted Trees (9781860461170): Jean Giono, Aline Giono, Harry Brockway: Books