With money for trees, Kerala village fights climate change

India accounts for 7 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions - the fourth largest emitter in the world.
India accounts for 7 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions - the fourth largest emitter in the world.PHOTO: AFP

BANGALORE- Mr Madhavan Puliyammakal, 83, had never imagined that planting trees on his coffee farm would do anything more than provide a patch of shade. But the 100 trees he planted three years ago are now both financial security and a carbon sink.

The trees are in Meenangadi, a village in the forested, coffee-growing district of Wayanad in Kerala, which is on a mission to battle climate change by reducing its carbon footprint to zero. This mission is a first in India, which accounts for 7 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions - the fourth largest emitter in the world.

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