Carbon Neutral Capital

Carbon Neutral Capital

Kerala, God’s Own Country, a narrow coastal state with the Arabian Sea in the west and the Western Ghats in the east, is highly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. The State has been addressing rising sea levels, floods, droughts, landslides and cyclones since the extreme climatic events of 2017. Climate change resilient infrastructure is the State’s long-term goal. The Kerala Government’s aim to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 is not just an optimistic goal; instead, it is a dire need. Team We Grow Forest Foundation is working closely with the State Government and coordinating with micro, small, medium & large enterprises, manufacturing units, businesses, and residential settlements to create a carbon balance in the ecosystem.

Carbon Neutrality

The concept of Carbon Neutrality adopted by Team We Grow Forest puts forth the notions of zero-carbon development as well as food and energy self-sufficiency at the local self-government (LSG) level while also creating a climate-resilient community. The strategies followed by us are in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations. It is crucial to restrict atmospheric concentrations of GHGs released from various socio-economic, developmental and lifestyle activities using biological or natural processes. This will help to regulate global temperature levels. The entire State of Kerala will become the first state in the country to become Carbon Neutral State before 2050 with sustainable practices and continuous green initiatives.


We are committed to making Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city, India’s first carbon-neutral capital city, through continuous sustainable efforts by 2030. Thiruvananthapuram’s current AQI (Air Quality Index) is 76 (variant). Particulate Matter concentration in Thiruvananthapuram air is PM 2.5, which is 4.8 times above the WHO annual air quality guidelines value. Diminished tree cover and increased human activities have resulted in worsening air quality. We are proposing to undertake good green deeds and green initiatives in the capital city with possible planting drives in Government offices, educational institutions, prisons, hospitals and unowned land in the city of Thiruvananthapuram to start with. Periodic monitoring of AQI will be done, and the target will be achieved by planting trees to increase particulate matter absorption and expansion of the carbon sink.

What we do

The carbon neutral development thus designs developmental processes in a sustainable manner through offsetting and mitigation measures in an effort to reduce GHG levels, like,


Forests provide numerous ecosystem services: they help to protect the soil from erosion, form part of the water cycle, protect biodiversity by providing a habitat for numerous species, and regulate the local climate. Healthy forests are also crucial for fighting global climate change because they capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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