Green Cemeteries

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When it comes to resource efficiency, even in death, we have choices that can affect a sustainable future.  Consider the conventional burial, American style, which annually requires 30 million board feet of lumber, over a hundred thousand tons of steel and some 828,000 gallons of embalming fluid.  Over the past decade there’s been renewed interest in “eco-cemeteries”, where people and pets, through respectful, natural burials, are again becoming part of the landscape. And they’re helping preserve land in the process.  Join us to find out more about the benefits offered by green cemeteries

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Links/Info/Resources

Memorial Ecosystems and Ramsey Creek Reserve
Westminster, SC 29693
http://www.memorialecosystems.com

Center for Ethical Burial
http://www.decentburial.org/index.asp

Forever Fernwood
Mill Valley, CA
http://www.foreverfernwood.com/

Praire Wilderness Cemetery
Denver, CO 80218
www.wildernessprairecemetery.org

Cremations: Consumer Resource Guide
http://www.cremationresource.org/

For information on land conservation and founding a green cemetery, or for finding a green cemetery near you:
http://www.forestofmemories.org

For ecologically sound burial alternatives, legalities, caskets and green burials.  Glendale Memorial Nature Preserve. http://www.glendalenaturepreserve.org/index.htm  (12 February 2006).

News Articles:

Nancy Jacques: Wild cemeteries give back to the living. March 14, 2006. New West Magazine. http://www.newwest.net/index.php/main/author/Nancy%20C.%20Jacques/C337/L337

Barbara Basler. Green Graveyards, a natural way to go. July-August 2004
http://www.aarp.org/bulletin/yourlife/Articles/a2004-06-30-green_graveyards.htmal  (21 February 2006).

Francesca Lyman. Green graves give back to nature. MSNBC news. November 4, 2003.
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/3076642/  (21 February 2006).

Martin Kaufman. Dust to dust? A greedy death industry prevents our return to nature. March 1999.
http://www.consciouschoice.com/1999/cc1203/dusttodust1203.html (21 February 2006).

Jill Neimark. Body and Soil. Traditional funeral practices harm the environment; green burials let the earth rest in peace.  February 2002. http://www.science-spirit.org/article_detail.php?article_id=279  (21 February 2006).

Bookings soar for green burials. BBC News. October 2004.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/mid/3717370.stm  (21 February 2006).

Environmental impacts of conventional burial techniques

Urban Sprawl. Numbers USA
http://www.numbersusa.com/interests/urbansprawl.html (21 February 2006).

Difference on burial forms and their effects on the environment. October 18, 2004.
http://www.promessa.se/milj_en.asp  (21 February 2006).

Environmental concerns with cremation Wikipedia source:
EMEP/CORINAIR Atmospheric Emission Inventory Guidebook, 3rd edition. October 2002 Update. Technical report #30
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cremation (21 February 2006).

 

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