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GREEN & BLUE | Green ways to say goodbye to the dearly departed

Here is an interview with Green & Blue on the theme of cemeteries and the environmental impact of burial practices. We talk about my project, I AM A TREE, as one of the solutions to address the need for more space and land consumption.

.... The fact remains that in Italy, health issues and moral and religious values limit the possibilities. 'There is a closure on the part of the public administration to perceive that there is a strong social and entrepreneurial push towards new solutions. The law on cremation and dispersal of ashes is obsolete because it does not take into account how much society has changed and how much the environment in which we live has deteriorated over the last 20 years. Many green projects fail to get off the ground," says Consuelo Fabriani, landscape architect and founder of Studio A3paesaggio.

To tackle the environmental emergencies of large cities, such as soil consumption, air quality and the loss of biodiversity, she has devised "I am a Tree", an urban forestation project that revisits places of memory through the design of urban parks where cremation ashes can be buried in biodegradable urns at the foot of a memorial tree, or preserved in cinerary houses surrounded by greenery: trees, therefore, and no longer tombstones. The law, but there are regional differences, requires that scattering be done only in cemetery areas, private rooms, or the sea.

"The scattering of ashes at sea or in the wind does not help to mourn; we must always think of those who remain and of the intimate need for each of us to have a place where we can commemorate those who have left us. It is, therefore, important to rethink traditional places in a more contemporary key that considers the new millennium's environmental and social demands. I think the Ministry of Ecological Transition should address this urgency,' Fabriani concludes.



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