One day here in Australia, we’ll forget the greens were ever here, which in one way will be a mistake:
Shrinking space in cemeteries and a growing community environmental awareness have triggered a surge in interest in “green” options for the dearly departed, some of which were the norm for thousands of years until modern times.
Several New South Wales cemeteries, including the Sydney Natural Burial Park at Kemps Creek, now offer bushland burials, where people are buried among the trees in a random pattern and with little or no tangible indication of where they lie.
Perhaps they should be buried instead under the wind turbines that will one day stand abandoned, dotted around the landscape as memorials to this time when we lost our heads. As Percy Shelley said in 1818 in his immortal sonnet Ozymandias:
Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert….
The link Andrew provides here is well worth reading, explaining what some of these new ‘environmentally friendly’ burials entail. One operator from Byron Bay, which is considered ‘Green Central’ here in Australia even says the following:
Cremation presented its own environmental problems due to the greenhouse gases emitted during the process.
Just what have we come to?
Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am, and his book Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.