Posted by: sara | April 8th, 2016
The Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC) hosted their "Wild Ideas for Getting Outside" Expo on March 9. Jenny and I were invited to have a table at this event. Over 200 guests from all over the Research Triangle showed up to learn about innovative ideas for safeguarding clean water, protecting natural habitats, supporting local farms and food, and connecting people with nature. I would be hard pressed to think of a more beautiful way to connect with nature than to "go green" at death! I have been in conversation with TLC for almost two years now, holding out hope that at some point a beautiful parcel of land will appear which can be used for just this purpose.
There was the usual full spectrum of reactions when people approached our table: the "I see that, but it says DEATH on one of the books, so I'll just keep walking" or the inquisitive "what does that mean, 'green burial?'" to the shocked "is that LEGAL?" And I swear, if one more person had come up to us and said, "Have you heard that you can get buried and become a TREE??" I was going to scream! Whether it's the burial pod, or the mushroom suit, or a coral reef ball, they remind me of PET ROCKS. What the heck is wrong with just going naturally...in a simple shroud or a plain pine box??? Mother Nature will take care of the rest!
Time to hit the road again...