The decision to specify alkaline hydrolysis water cremation is a radical departure from normal post-mortem body disposal procedures.
The ecological case is clear. The mental one is harder to make. Any objections are, however, subjective since, when we have died, we are no longer sentient beings and the disposal of our remains is out of our control. The decision is how we wish this to be done?
It is a fact that cemeteries are full, and graves must be re-cycled. In a grave, as the deceased person decomposes, embalming fluid, bodily fluids and pathogens are released into the surrounding soil and find their way into water courses.
Crematoria have been identified as sources of various environmental pollutants, being polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs), and mercury. These are the ones that raise the most concern.
Crematoria burn large quantities of natural gas, emitting CO2, greenhouse gases, poisonous emissions and unnecessary heat directly into the atmosphere.
All this activity is adding to climate change and global warming. Everyday.