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Is Cremation/Burial actually paving way for Pollution?

"Death" this word really carries a heavy burden with it, because whenever our loved one passes away we are left with a broken heart.

And after one dies the next difficult task is to bury (Christians, Muslims), burn (Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Jainism) or to leave the dead body for vultures (Zoroastrians).

But were you aware of the fact that even these various religious methods followed while cremating the body is actually creating an irreparable damage to Earth? In the blindness of our religious practices, we do forget things like these or at times act like not knowing about this fact.

So let's face the gruesome truth associated with type's cremation practices one by one and they are as follows:

Cremation after Death

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Cremation is done in Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. We are following this system since ages because they are written down in the Holy Scriptures, and some do it just for the sake of doing it.

But the harsh truth of this religious practice is that it paves way for "Air Pollution". According to many Environmentalists, cremation poses a severe threat to the Ozone layer.

And according to Mokshda (NGO working to curb down the impact of cremation fumes), stated that every year 50 – 60 million of trees are cut for cremation in India. And when these much trees are burnt they discharge 8 million tons of Greenhouse gases which works adversely for the Ozone layer.

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And if we look at the mortality rate of more than 70 million people die every year in India. And because of this burning funeral pyre, they also become the reason for melting Himalayan Glaciers, as their particles settle down on them lending them warmth which results in their melting.

And according to the study (conducted in 2011 – 2012) made by Nevada's Research Institute discovered that the emissions from the burning of incense sticks, camphor, cow dung, cow's urine, Vermillion 14 deadly compounds are discharged, few of them are:

  • Styrene
  • Benzene
  • Formaldehyde
  • Butadiene

So it's not only the cremation but also other religious practices that opens up a big door for "Global Warming"

To know more about this rising problem click on: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10412104/Indian-funeral-pyres-and-incense-melting-glaciers.html and https://edition.cnn.com/2011/09/12/world/asia/india-funeral-pyres-emissions/index.html

Burial after Death

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Well, when we talk about cremation people say how could they burn their loved ones? It is gentler to bury them and few people boast that this process is nature-friendly too.

Who all think this way you infused a wrong thought within yourselves. It's not at all true that with burial you are not harming the environment.

The wooden coffins are coated with Varnish, sealers, preservatives, paints all these contain harmful elements like:

  • Copper Naphthalene
  • Ammoniac
  • Copper Boron Azole

And many more of them, and when the wood gets degraded in the soil they reach out to the Groundwater Level and pollute them.

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Not only these certain bodies are embalmed, and embalming means to flush in several chemicals into the dead body to delay the decaying of the body. And for embalming, these harmful chemicals are used such as:

  • Phenol
  • Methanol
  • Formaldehyde
  • Glycerin

So just imagine how much of fresh Ground level water would be contaminated.

To know more click on: https://www.disabled-world.com/health/cemetery.php and https://www.businessinsider.in/Burying-dead-bodies-takes-a-surprising-toll-on-the-environment/Many-materials-go-into-a-burial-/slideshow/49598277.cms

Solution: Eco-Friendly Death

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We are not telling you don’t pay the last funeral rites, but it would be more helpful for the world if done in an Eco – Friendly manner or ways that could be least effective to the environment like Electronic Crematoriums.

In electronic crematoriums, less amount of wood is used and fumes are discharges as compared to the cremations.

It uses 150 – 200 Kgs of wood and 2 hours to burn the body completely where on the other hand normal cremation takes up to 500 – 600 Kgs of wood.

Following religious and traditional values are good, but not always. So at times it good to keep religion aside and hold hands to protect the environment, if you have land, water, air, the soil in good condition you can live happily but if you meddle with nature's asset your comfort may turn into hell.

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