CA Will Allow Human Composting After Death to Combat Climate Change

The far-left state of California continued to embrace neo-paganism this week when Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation allowing the practice of composting dead people to better combat climate change.

Citing the high CO2 emissions associated with cremation, the law will give people the option to give their dead remains to a process known as natural organic reduction (NOR) if they do not wish to be buried or cremated.

“The process involves placing the body in a long, reusable steel container, along with wood shavings and flowers, to aerate it — allowing microbes and bacteria to break down the remains,” she said Daily Mail. “A month later, the remains will completely disintegrate and turn into soil.”

The act of cremation reportedly causes 360,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year.

Cristina Garcia, a member of the California Democratic Assembly who authored the bill, praised NOR as a “greener” practice that gives people more options for their desired burial. She wrote:

With climate change and sea level rise as very real threats to our environment, this is an alternative method of final disposal that does not cause emissions into our atmosphere. I look forward to continuing my legacy in the fight for clean air by using my reduced leftovers to plant a tree.

The law will make it illegal to combine human remains without permission or unless the two are related. It will also be illegal to sell the land or use it for agricultural purposes.

The Catholic Church strongly opposes NOR’s practice, accusing it of being intended for livestock.

“NOR uses essentially the same process as a home composting system,” Kathleen Domingo, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, told SFGATE. She added:

These methods of disposal were used to reduce the possibility of disease transmission through the dead carcass. Applying the same methods to “transforming” human remains can result in an unfortunate spiritual, emotional, and psychological distancing from the deceased.

The law will not go into effect until 2027, following the states of Washington, Colorado and Oregon. CA Will Allow Human Composting After Death to Combat Climate Change

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