Target: Italian Senate President Pietro Grasso
Goal: Allow Italian citizens to have natural, green burials.
Traditional methods of burial are expensive, wasteful, and harmful to the environment. Growing concerns about chemicals used in embalming, land used for cemeteries, and use of fossil fuels have motivated people around the world to opt for greener burial options such as cremation. Often seen as the more economical option, cremation releases harmful fuels and chemicals into our atmosphere and requires a great deal of energy to operate furnaces. Internationally, natural burial has become a popular alternative to current outdated methods.
Unfortunately Italy doesn’t allow for natural burial despite many creative options available. Italian designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel have created a prototype for a biodegradable pod called Capsula Mundi. The deceased are put in the fetal position in the pod and placed in the soil. Over top of the pod tree seedlings are planted and with fertilization from the body, they grow into a tree that the deceased has chosen. This revolutionary concept is gaining momentum worldwide but cannot progress until Italy legalizes natural burial. Legalization will allow for further research and development into methods like Capsula Mundi.
There are several ways to suggest the creation of law in Italy, one of them being a petition signed by 50,000 citizens that is delivered to the Senate of the Republic. Add your name to the below petition to show international support and urge president of the senate Pietro Grasso to draft a bill allowing for natural burial in Italy.
Dear President Grasso,
Traditional burial and cremation practices are harming our environment. Growing concerns about chemicals used in embalming, land dedicated to cemeteries, and use of fossil fuels have prompted many people around the world to opt for greener burial options. Great Britain has close to 200 green cemeteries and here in the United States, their popularity is steadily growing.
There are currently many exciting projects being developed but they need more research. By drafting a bill for the allowance of natural burial in Italy, more studies can be completed permitting its citizens to explore a variety of after- life options. Please let the people of Italy the choose how they will be honored in death.
[Your Name Here]
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