Midcoast Green Collaborative Forum

June 17, 2008

Sustainability Post #19 — Funerals

Filed under: Philosophy — Tags: , — Topher @ 9:10 am

Most modern methods of dealing with human remains are unsustainable, and break a number of the trash sins from the last post.

Burial in this day and age, is a process of first poisoning the body with formaldehyde, sealing it hermetically in high embodied energy materials and then putting it in the ground and reserving that ground as non-producing for all time. Can you imagine a more prideful and self-centered practice?

Cremation involves burning fossils fuels and emitting mercury fumes (from fillings). And is all that heat used for anything? nope.

Anyone claiming medical reasons for their favorite burial practice had better have clinical evidence that human remains are somehow different from the billions of other dead things which are allowed to go back to the Earth.

Some resources:




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