Being an island of limited space and with a long history of dead people means we're running out of space to put everyone when they die, resulting in full graveyards the land over. One solution to this could be creating new, modern burial sites on public land and beside roads, perhaps putting grandad to rest beside his favourite stretch of the A303.
This is the thinking of the Faculty of Public Health, which is suggesting we plant a few trees in the default grey texture holes left where factories used to be and rebrand these places as fancy new green burial sites; as this would also tip a small black hat to the need to plant more trees in the hope they decarbonise the atmosphere a bit.
Simply bunging someone in a hole where cars and Grifters used to be made and planting a conker tree on top of them is simultaneously better for the environment and would help our local councils meet their green space commitments, with the FPH's John Ashton explaining: "You have got 500,000 to 600,000 deaths a year in England and Wales so if everybody who died had a green burial – I am not saying that is going to happen – but if everybody did we could be planting half a million trees a year."
It has to be more popular than emerging trends like dissolving and chemical flushing and composting, with even Ashton saying he'd probably refuse a form of human composting when his day comes. [Guardian]
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