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Heartbroken Woman Planted 2 Million Trees For The BEST Reason.

In 2000, Yi Jiefeng's son was killed in a tragic accident in Japan. She lost herself in grief -- that is, until she discovered something she could do to keep his memory alive.

While he was on this earth, her son wanted to devote his life to planting trees in the deserts of Inner Mongolia. Fond of nature, he wanted to do his best to protect it. So after he passed, Yi took up his work and founded Green Life, a project to reforest desert areas of China.

"He was fond of nature since he was a little boy," Yi said of her son. "In the beginning, I did this charity as a mother who wanted to realize her son's dream. But later I realized that China has a really serious desertification problem ... If the situation keeps getting worse, how can 1.3 billion Chinese people possibly survive? So we felt a sense of social responsibility. ""

Since her son's death, the group has planted millions of trees in the region.

Since her son's death, the group has planted millions of trees in the region.

People's Daily Online

This is a major step, as nearly 2.6 million square kilometers of the country is classified as desert -- mostly due to logging, population growth, and droughts.

This is a major step, as nearly 2.6 million square kilometers of the country is classified as desert -- mostly due to logging, population growth, and droughts.

People's Daily Online

When they first started, Yi and her husband had little knowledge of agriculture. They hit plenty of pitfalls, but have built a small team to keep the organization thr

When they first started, Yi and her husband had little knowledge of agriculture. They hit plenty of pitfalls, but have built a small team to keep the organization thr

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See more of Yi's story in the video below.

Sources: CY Xu, Women of China

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