|Ponds help raise watertable and charge wells|
When the all-polluting US and the Western world is struggling to live up to their promises to build a greener world, Meenangaadi village in Wayanad district in Kerala has already taken the great steps to become by 2020 the world's first carbon-neutral village ..
|A pond of the 467 new ones dug to catch water and grow fish ..|
Nestled in the quiet and pristine Western Ghats this village of 34,000 people of over 54 sq. km area has been facing the worst implications of climate change, with drop in rainfall precipitation and lowering of water table, a decline in rice production and spices like cardamom, pepper, tea, coffee etc.. By 2050 AD, the average rise in temperature around this area is predicted to be around 2.5-3 deg C
|Beena Vijayan, Meenangaadi gram panchayat president|
taking soil samples to find the Carbon content in
Meenangaadi soil. Courtesy - The Hindu.
|Scenic views around Meenangaadi ..|
The crematorium in the village now runs on LPG saving precious wood which was earlier used to burn dead bodies. The town has completely shifted to LED bulbs and in even envisaging starting an LED bulb manufacturing firm in the village to meet the needs (the problem of having to offset the carbon emissions from the plant would be the next problem for them).
|Getting ready to get global attention ..|
The MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) Chennai is helping the village authorities along with a group, Thanal from Trivandrum to do a soil audit and energy consumption audit in each of the houses in the village to find out how much Carbon the village emits and then offset it by their innovative actions as outlined above.
Click here for a copy of the presentation I gave at Alliance University, Bangalore in Jan '18.
Ref : 1. Balachandran Manu, The world's first Carbon neutral town could end up in the planet's most polluted country, qz.com, Last visited 24 June 2017.
3. Manoj, E.M., Meenangaadi marches to Carbon-neutral tag, The Hindu, March 2017..