When you die, what do you want done with your remains? There are many different options, including the traditional burial. A lot of people are now switching over to being cremated, while few others are choosing less popular methods. How is dying, and burial related to the environment?
Cemeteries are over running our planet. While this isn’t a huge issue for most, and I wasn’t aware of this issue until very recently, it is something that could get out of hand. You see, cemeteries are huge plots of land that are covered in tombstones. For loved ones, it’s a great way to remember them. I would argue that this is a huge waste of land. People being buried in wooden boxes in the earth, taking up space, with tombstones above them.
I would propose a more environmentally friendly approach. Trees. I mentioned how trees are very important, and way too many are being cut down. While yes, some need to be chopped down for us, most do not. It would take a lot to get this activity to stop.
So instead of tombstones, trees should be planted! A biodegradable tree-urn was invented for those who’d like to help out the environment when they die. The body is cremated into cremains, which is nutrient rich, and placed into the urn. It is then planted, and voila, a tree is planted. Imagine a whole cemetery full of trees instead of tombstones!
Some people have argued that the remains of those in the urns aren’t actually nutrient rich, and aren’t actually helping the tree grow by fertilizing it. According to an article in Discovery News, cremains do contain nutrients such as phosphorus. Though it is true, the ashes don’t end up IN the tree. It is still a great metaphor: to become a tree, or live on as a tree when you die.
Despite the science behind it, no matter your personal spiritual beliefs, trees replacing tombstones all over the world would be a revolutionary way to bring trees back to our environment.