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Bremley comes from Manglia, India, where his clan tends to the local forest. He is seeking investors for a social enterprise to plant thousands of trees in an effort to combat climate change and benefit his local community at the same time.
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Segment 1

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BREMLEY
My clan is the caretakers of the Lyngdoh Sacred Forests in Meghalaya, India; so really, taking care of the trees is in my blood. But all this seems so far away from London.
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London, U.K.
BREMLEY
I need to be here to get my social enterprise going. We’re going to plant millions of trees, starting from seven countries, to fight climate change. I’ve got to get investors to get my plans underway. I know it’s worth it, but sometimes I feel so disconnected from where it’s all happening. I really need to get back on the road, get back in touch with why I’m doing this.
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Sri Lanka
BREMLEY
It’s all starting here in Sri Lanka. We’ve got one tree nursery going. I haven’t seen it yet, but I can imagine it.
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Bremley
BREMLEY
Rubber trees grow fast here.
BREMLEY
I’m like Spiderman, spinning my web.
BREMLEY
First we plant them, then when they’re five years old we’ll be able to tap them and make things like surgical gloves and condoms out of the rubber.
BREMLEY
Oh boy, that smells really bad!
BREMLEY
The trees will absorb carbon from the atmosphere, and the rubber will give jobs to the people here, so you’re fighting climate change and poverty. At least that’s how it works in theory.
BREMLEY
We’re off to our little nursery. This is the first time that I am going there so it is very exciting. This is the base. This is the launch pad. Wow, it’s a nice place. This is what I’ve been dreaming about. Actually seeing it happening. These seedlings are like my babies.
BREMLEY
How old are these? Two weeks?
CHANDRA
One week.
BREMLEY
One week old.
BREMLEY
It’s only a few seedlings now, but eventually there’ll be millions of trees. And not just in Sri Lanka. We want to do organic plantations in at least six countries, including India. My heart is set on making it happen in India. I want to go home.
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India
BREMLEY
My clan’s sacred forest is one of the only forests still standing here. All the trees around it have been cut down. And you know, this used to be the rainiest place on Earth. But now, with no trees around, it’s like a desert. That’s why it’s important for me to plant here. Getting the plantations going in India is going to be much harder. I have to convince the local chiefs to let us plant trees on their land. If they don’t agree, the whole project could fail. And I really don’t want that.
BREMLEY
Finally home, sweet home. Hi Mommy! I’ve got to prepare myself. Just got little time. I’m really nervous, because I think it’s going to be really hard to make the chiefs work together. I really hope I can make this take off.
BREMLEY
First of all, I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for coming to this first meeting.
BREMLEY
The chiefs are interested, but it will take a lot of trust for us to work together. They’re a bit worried because things have gone wrong in the past. I need to convince them that this will work, and even change people’s lives. Including mine. I met Chandra at the Sri Lankan nursery.
BREMLEY
This is your land. Thank you for hosting our little babies on our land. He showed me how everything worked there. Well, tried to.
BREMLEY
I just threw the bucket and the rope in the well!
BREMLEY
He’s my age, but he’s an orphan.
BREMLEY
Oh my god, I’m so sorry I dropped your bucket.
BREMLEY
He has to look after his four siblings, but he was unemployed before. He told me that being a rubber expert was his dream. And now his dream is coming true. And now he’s making my dream come true by taking care of the nursery. If the chiefs agree, then maybe there could be more people like Chandra.
BREMLEY
It was amazing. Just with a group of five or six people, we have close to about three thousand hectares already.
BREMLEY
It looks like we’re going to be planting trees at home again. Life in London doesn’t seem so disconnected now. I know there are people out there who believe in this like I do. It’s early days, but we’re starting to make things better.
BREMLEY
It’s always easy to destroy things, and it’s very hard to create and regenerate things. And that’s what we’re in, this business. It’s regenerating, recreating. And save the planet.
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