I believe in the human responsibility for us to stay environmentally conscious even after our deaths. I believe that we must choose the most sustainable option for death care when possible (ie. religion is not applicable) and that we should consciously make an effort to simultaneously provide the best death care for our loved ones while also making an effort to provide the best care for our environment.
I envision a world where the traditional funeral processes such as burying embalmed bodies in caskets or cremation are slowly phased out of being the norm and alkaline hydrolysis becomes legal all across Canada. I envision a world where alkaline hydrolysis is the new norm and more awareness is brought to its benefits against cremation as it uses ⅛ the energy, leaves ¼ carbon footprint, and involves no mercury emissions.
I want to support the BC aquamation petition which advocates making aquamation legal in B.C. as this death care process is currently only legal in four Canadian provinces and one territory, and aim to do so by signing the petition. Furthermore, I want to advocate for the topic of death to be discussed more in general. Like the topic of sex, death is considered a taboo topic and many people shy away from discussing it. Therefore, more exposure and discussion need to be raised, as well as the environmental consequences the subsequent burial methods pose, in the educational system. I want to push for death to be incorporated alongside the family planning unit in high school to allow more people to be comfortable and aware of the options, which would also allow people to become more aware and advocate more strongly for the aquamation process in our provincial government.