Natural Burial as a Land Conservation Tool
Thursday, September 7, 2017
4:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. EDT
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The common practice of disposing of human remains in a lawn-park cemetery degrades the environment due to the land and other natural resources consumed and the toxic products used in preparation and preservation of the deceased. Natural, or green, burial is a more ecologically-sensitive alternative to embalmed internment in a lawn-park cemetery. Not only does natural burial (NB) minimize resources, but it can also be used to conserve and restore natural habitat. NB holds great promise as a land conservation tool due to the relative absence of barriers and increasing demand, and confers substantial environmental benefits over traditioncemetery land.
The educational objective of this session is for participants to understand how current cemetery practices degrade the environment and how altering cemetery practices can result in habitat protection.
Various laws governing the properly handling and disposition of the deceased will be discussed.
Henry Bittaker, firstname.lastname@example.org