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PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 6:06 pm 
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Many have few or no trees, in others, the grounds have been destroyed through the use of herbicides. Drainage problems can occur and herbicide use leads to water pollution.

Cemeteries can play an important social and environmental role. 2.2 million acres were lost to development according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation report issued for 1997 through 2001. Everyday, development is taking over the natural environments created over eons. A natural burial takes place in a natural environment where native flora and wildlife flourish. A green cemetery provides habitat for endemic birds and animals, returning lands to their native grasses, flowers and shrubs.

A green burial reduces environmental impact and conservation easements preserve our open spaces, important not only to plants and wildlife…we find serenity when close to nature. Interment in a beautiful and natural setting honors those we love.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 7:16 pm 
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After 2001, the US was losing 3 million acres per year of wild lands, ranch lands and farmlands to "development". It didn't decrease until the recession hit in 2008.
The Natural Burial Company makes the Caskit(TM) which I am interested in, as half my friends are dead. I have specified no preservatives, no cremation, and a simple pine box in my Will.
The CasKit comes in six snap together pieces of pine for $368(?) plus shipping. It is supposed to be back in their catalog soon. They also have the Ecopod and various bamboo coffins for more money. I'm sure funeral homes like to get their obscene cut.
Many cemeteries stupidly require a concrete surround so the ground doesn't settle.
Part of the reason for the 67% soil loss and soil nutrient loss of the past century is because of the flush and forget mentality along with the 'bury them in preservatives in a beautiful metal or hardwood casket', or the pollution and waste of 'cremation'. The natural composting of wastes and dead bodies has been stopped as the population skyrocketed into overshoot. People disconnected themselves from the natural system, and came to think of themselves as not animals but something so superior that we were above having to "replenish the Earth", as commanded. :x

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 7:14 pm 
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In addition, Green burial really has a vast aid in environment since almost every forest is being “develop”. Also the area of burial land is considerably big in every country. If every cemetery will employ green burial it will let nature take its course by promoting habitat restoration through planting trees, shrubs and flowers around your love ones’ . This will also help us fight the threatening water and air pollution.


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