Friday, May 2, 2008

Dying - the ulimate way to reduce one's carbon footprint...

Dying - the ultimate way to reduce one's carbon footprint...

First published on Qassia:

The following is an extremely interesting article in our local daily newspaper, The Dominion Post, Wellington, New Zealand:

Dying might seem like the ultimate way to reduce one's carbon footprint, but a new approach to to being buried could breathe life into the environment.

New Zealand's first 'natural' burial took place yesterday( May 3 2008) at the cemetery grounds in Makara.

The body was not embalmed but placed in an untreated wooden casket, then buried to about half the normal depth of a traditional grave. As it iscloser to active soil, the body could decompose within five years - three times faster than normal.

Research by by Natural Burials, a non-profit organisation, suggests that more than one - third of Wellingtonians would consider the burial technique. About 100 people had already registered.

"Many people find the idea of lying in peace in a native forest and contributing to the creation of the forest through the death process process very comforting and satisfying. There's no risk or weirdness to it," founder Mark Blackham said.

It took Mr Blackham about eight years to get from the planning stage to yesterday's burial as the local Wellington City council's officials had been concerned about animals digging up the graves and creating possible health problems.

It is an an idea that may grow in time. There is something peaceful about becoming part of a forest in a 'natural' sense. It could catch on!

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earthartist said...

Natural Burial Around the World

The modern concept of natural burial began in the UK in 1993 and has since spread across the globe. According the Centre for Natural Burial, there are now several hundred natural burial grounds in the United Kingdom and half a dozen sites across the USA, with others planned in Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and even China.

A natural burial allows you to use your funeral as a conservation tool to create, restore and protect urban green spaces.

The Centre for Natural Burial provides comprehensive resources supporting the development of natural burial and detailed information about natural burial sites around the world. With the Natural Burial Co-operative newsletter you can stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the rapidly growing trend of natural burial including, announcements of new and proposed natural burial sites, book reviews, interviews, stories and feature articles.

The Centre for Natural Burial

Kiwi Riverman said...

Thanks for your comments - have put the sites on my favourites.