How to Die the Eco-Friendly Way!

 

 

“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”–Albus Dumbledore

If I die, I’m not sure how I would want to be disposed of–definitely with an eye on the environment, though. I went with the modern-day interpretation of Egyptian burials for my beloved animal companions, but I’d like to be buried at sea (I’m reminded of a quote from my favourite piece of literature when I was a kid–Medea–but I couldn’t locate it on the internet. Something she said about her bones being made clean and white by the ocean. Who knows what I’m actually remembering, as it’s going back to when I was eleven or so.)

 

Anyway, here’s the usual linkys about the most green, eco-friendly ways you can be buried. According to the internet, at least.

 

Interesting article about the whole natural burial process. http://www.beatree.com/

Another Info Site: http://www.greenburials.org/

How to be Eco-Friendly when You’re Dead–The Atlantic

The Urban Death Project

Green Burials from Everplan

Proposed Burial Concept

Until then, the Bios Urn

More about Green Burials from How Stuff Works.

 

What about you? Would you choose this as an option? (While you’re deciding, make sure you have things like living wills and advance medical directives and things like that. These will protect your rights if you become mentally/physically incapacitated and unable to make decisions for yourself.)

It’s a small (shark) world…learn to share it, humans!

“Fish are friends, not food.”–Finding Nemo

For my sustainable Saturday post, I was inspired to make the topic sharks.

Partially because of a tweet I saw this morning, which had a Care2 petition to urge FedEx to stop shipping shark fins. (Sign it here.), and partially because I saw an ad for a show that yet again played up the shark’s reputation as a vicious monster.

And, it’s Shark Week, as I just realized, belatedly.

Growing up near the ocean (well, the Gulf of Mexico, technically) as a kid, we learned to be smart in the water. If we were stupid enough to ignore shark alerts, or go swimming at night–things like that–well, it was our own damn fault if something were to happen to us. There just seemed to be common-sense things that you did without question, especially in regards to animals and nature in general. Guess it was a different world?

Here’s some sites with statistics that highlight the odds that are stacked against sharks (and, what fascinating creatures they are).  Because we humans have much more of an impact on sharks and other creatures than they do against us. Nature is not the enemy, we humans are.

http://sharkangels.org/issues-facing-sharks/looming-extinction

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shark_attack

http://natgeotv.com/ca/human-shark-bait/facts

http://www.seashepherd.org/sharks/?gclid=CjwKEAjwzN27BRDFn9aAwLmH2yISJABWuEXcbE1ZjUm_38HfOG-KUF1kz2bF-amjpdmsYj-SUnTzOhoCDnHw_wcB

http://aqua.org/blog/2014/november/shark-diversity?gclid=CjwKEAjwzN27BRDFn9aAwLmH2yISJABWuEXcc4VqKHMmfimolEXLk1U9TARcwqUSjjqD2GVTMaRwgBoCDGrw_wcB

http://www.oceanicresearch.org/education/wonders/sharks.html

http://www.livescience.com/topics/sharks

Save the Sharks!

 

Eco-Friendly Football?

With the UEFA EURO 2016 well underway, I always think of the environmental impact of said events.

So I did some looking into it on the internet (AP Stylebook now says lowercase for internet, I believe. Just because I’m an editing nerd. LOL).

Here’s the official report/study: http://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/uefaorg/General/02/26/41/78/2264178_DOWNLOAD.pdf. (An additional, yet brief, article: http://www.sportanddev.org/?14162/1/Social-responsibility-and-sustainability-at-EURO-2016)

Blog post from the British Gas webpage: http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/uefas-eco-footprint/

Short page of specs re: the Stade de Nice: http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/hosts/france/city=2344/stadium/index.html

Whee! An eco-calculator: https://en-ecocalculator.uefa.com/

UEFA Euro 2016 has an eye on hotels and  sustainability: http://www.uefa.org/social-responsibility/news/newsid=2374274.html

Another article from Business Green: http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/feature/2461926/five-ways-euro-2016-is-trying-to-be-the-greenest-football-tournament-ever

Okay, Switzerland vs. Poland match almost over…onto Wales v. Northern Ireland. Off to watch and write!

Share up other sources/links below about eco-friendly initiatives of UEFA EURO 2016!