Global warming and climate change are happening - and we humans are mainly responsible.
So says the new report of the International Panel on Climate Change. We urgently need to look at every area of our lives to reduce our carbon emissions.
Even the way we dispose of dead bodies.
Many parts of the country are running out of space for burials. Is the answer more cremations?
When my wife died in 2007, we had both decided some years before to have a natural, green burial.
We took her body, from Hinckley where I was vicar, to the nearest natural burial site, near Scraptoft. Not very green: a journey of about 20 miles to get there!
The most eco-friendly way to dispose of a body is to bury it in a cardboard box, no headstone – just a tree or bush planted over the grave.
The idea is to return the body to the earth so that it can be naturally recycled through uninhibited decomposition.
In years to come the site will be covered by a wood.
Burning bodies produces massive carbon emissions and pollution. It is bad for the environment. Hinckley now has a green burial site as part of the extension to the Ashby Road Cemetery. Sadly there are no such sites near Harborough.
Sustainable Harborough will be looking into the feasibility of a local green burial site.
If, like me, you would like to see this happen, it will be looking for partners, volunteers or perhaps even a farmer who wants to diversify?
Think about your funeral now. Make your plans while you have your health!
Column by the Canon Brian Davis