Attended a lecture on Energy sector condition (esp in U.P.) by a person (Mr. Rakesh Goel, an IT-BHU graduate) who has worked for almost 2 decades at grassroots level. He also holds industrial experience of working at various power plants.
Before going to my lecture notes, what Rakesh told has helped me decide how I want my dead body to be disposed off. I hope it will help you too.
Wood used in a funeral pyre - 350 Kg
|Method of Funeral Pyre||energy consumed|
|traditional wood based funeral pyre||1575 kWh|
|electric crematorium||55 kWh|
|gas crematorium||30 kWh|
|oil furnace||< 30 kWh|
|solar crematorium (1 in Gujarat)||ZERO|
|other methods - Graveyards are a waste of land, vultures are almost extinct|| |
|alternative - bury the dead body in a forest and forget it. If you love the person so much in the first place, better serve him when he is alive.|
I was anyway shortly going to sign for organ donation post-death.
Now, whatever remains after that, I would like it to be fed to forest
I told it to some of my batchmates and their first reaction was - why worry about death now?
2nd worry - hospitals might get more interested in declaring them dead to obtain the organs.
3rd worry - who the organ would go to?
4th worry - when i die old, would it at all be useful to anybody else?
4th question - how much forest is being deprived because of funerals. if it is very less, why touch the religious sentiment. As per reports [1
], India has 630,000 sq km forest left. Out of it, funeral pyres take away 2000 sq km every year!!! 5 out of 15 of our bio-reserves have area less than or equal to that.
I wonder whether the questions raised above should stop a person to sign for the cause of organ donation or "no funeral pyre". I only see it in one way - "MY ORGAN that would have gone waste MIGHT SAVE A LIFE
" PLUS "I would not want to be a polluting SINNER TO NATURE at least when I DIE. TO ME NATURE IS THE CLOSEST GOD CAN BE TO US"( Collapse )