California’s “woke” Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a bill into law that will allow the state to start composting dead human beings in an effort to fight “climate change.”
The new law gives people the option to give their dead remains over to a process known as natural organic reduction (NOR) instead of being buried or cremated.
Citing the high CO2 emissions associated with cremation, Democrats behind the legislation claim the move will help tackle the “climate emergency.”
Instead of burying or cremating people when they die, Californians will be able to use the dead bodies to make compost.
“The process involves placing the body inside a long, reusable steel container along with wood chips and flowers to aerate it – allowing microbes and bacteria to break down the remains,” according to the Daily Mail.
“One month later, the remains will fully decompose and be turned into soil.”
The act of cremation reportedly accounts for 360,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.
California Democrat Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, who authored the bill, praised NOR as a “more environmentally friendly” practice that will give people more options for their desired burial.
With climate change and sea-level rise as very real threats to our environment, this is an alternative method of final disposition that won’t contribute emissions into our atmosphere.
I look forward to continuing my legacy to fight for clean air by using my reduced remains to plant a tree.
The bill will make it illegal to combine human remains without permission or unless the two are related.
It will also be illegal to sell the soil or use it for agricultural purposes.
However, the Catholic Church strongly opposes the practice of NOR.
The Church charges that the process is meant only for livestock.
“NOR uses essentially the same process as a home gardening composting system,” Kathleen Domingo, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, told SFGATE.
These methods of disposal were used to lessen the possibility of disease being transmitted by the dead carcass.
Using these same methods for the ‘transformation’ of human remains can create an unfortunate spiritual, emotional and psychological distancing from the deceased.
The law will not take effect until 2027.
California will be joining the states of Washington, Colorado, and Oregon, which also allow the practice.