Is there life after death? No one (alive) has ever got an answer to this question yet. But what we know about it for now is that the afterlife creates huge problems to living ones.
The whole (conventional) burial process is very damaging to the planet. In numbers, this sounds like this: the cemeteries in America occupy about 404,700 acres of land (approximately, the surface of Lika); yearly, balsaming consumes enough formaldehyde to fill 1.2 Olympic pools (formaldehyde is very poisonous and the biggest problem with formaldehyde is that it kills the microorganisms in the soil and thus aggravates the process of natural decomposition of the body); for the production of coffins, the steel used annually would be enough to build 2000 Empire State Building; concrete that spends over one year for tombstones, could be used to make a path up to the Moon 28 times; wood, for the coffins annual needs, would be enough to make a forest of 1.618.000 hectares (pictorial, as if Dalmatia, Istria and Zagreb were all under the wood).
Some did not save for their tombs
On the other hand, neither cremation is enviromental acceptable process. Each year, only in America, the cremation consumes enough fossil fuel to drive us halfway to the sun. In addition to the large carbon emissions due to the use of fossil fuels, cremation also results in mercury pollution, as mercury gets released from tooth fillings.
Because of this environmental impact, various movements and companies have evolved that offer the so- “Green funeral”. This funeral means burial without balming (without using formaldehyde), in simple boxes or just in the lid (without the coffin), with less impact on the look of the environment. Instead of tombstones, the idea is to plant a tree at the place where someone is buried, so that, instead of the dense cemeteries, a forest will grow. One Swedish company offers a more modern way of “cremation” (the following description may be disturbing): the body first freezes with liquid nitrogen, after which it breaks into smaller parts and then passes through a vacuum, where all the water is evaporated and ash is formed.
It remains for us to complimet Tibetans on their ecological awareness, although the scene of their “burial” is definitely not for those with sensitive stomach (you can look for it on google, but we don’t recommend it).