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What A Way To Go – – Green

ph_beachballsIn the late 1980’s a pair of college roommates from the University of Georgia often went diving off the Keys in Florida on breaks. Over the years of diving they saw significant deterioration and degradation of the reefs they were visiting. Don Brawley, founder of Eternal Reefs realized the reefs needed help. A decision was made to do something about the reefs’ declining health. Creating a material and system that would replicate the natural marine environment that supports coral and microorganism development was what they decided to do.

In 1990, the Reef Ball Development Group and the Reef Ball Foundation completed the first Reef Ball project near Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Since that time, there have been over 3,500 projects worldwide with more than 400,000 Reef Balls placed on the ocean floor. With years of documented history of stability and habitat development, Reef Balls have become the world standard for fisheries programs, coral restoration and habitat development projects.

In 1998, Carleton Glen Palmer, Don Brawley’s father-in-law, talked about having his cremated remains put in a reef. As Carleton put it, “I can think of nothing better than having all that action going on around me all the time after I am gone – just make sure that the location has lots of red snapper and grouper.” On May 1, 1998, Carleton got his wish, and his reef is now teaming with sea life. A brass plaque helps identify his reef, and Eternal Reefs was born. People soon started hearing about Eternal Reefs and it has been growing naturally ever since. Now, working closely with a host of federal, state and local regulatory agencies, Eternal Reefs has grown to a choice made by many when selecting their final resting place. The artificial reefs are cast from a mixture of environmentally safe cement and cremated remains.

ph_under_4Each year, the United States buries 1.6 million tons of reinforced concrete, 827,060 tons of toxic embalming fluid, 90,000 tons of steel (from caskets), and 30 million tons of hardwood board with her dead, according to the Green Burial Council. “We can rebuild the Golden Gate Bridge with that amount of metal,” said Joe Sehee, the council’s executive director. “The amount of concrete is enough to build a two-line highway from New York to Detroit.”

An eco-friendly funeral can also help conserve land and protect it from development. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is working with the Green Burial Council to become the first state-park agency to offer cremation-based green burials. The funds raised from the services will be used to acquire new state park lands.

Well, I’ve now changed my mind on my Viking funeral.

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10 Responses to “What A Way To Go – – Green”

  1. What A Way To Go - - Green | Forced Green | Says:

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  2. April Says:

    That’s pretty cool The last article I read on green funerals the family that ran it had been messing things up and people couldn’t find their loved ones. (They were suppose to be able to plant a tree upon the grave)

    Aprils last blog post..Don’t Foget Your Friends

  3. Linda Says:

    Hi April … Oh no! I can believe that. My hope is that it has been cleared up where folks can plant trees.

  4. Says:

    What A Way To Go – – Green | Forced Green…

    Reef Balls have become the world standard for fisheries programs, coral restoration and habitat development projects….

  5. Barbara Says:

    I love this idea. I will be looking into it. I think this is a great way to go.

    Barbaras last blog post..Relax With Barbara On Wednesday 25

  6. wilson Says:

    Most people didn’t know that coral reef is playing important role to the ecosystem. Once it gone, the balancing of ecosystem will be soon collapsed as well, Linda!

    wilsons last blog post..Color will affect Your Children’s Health!

  7. Linda Says:

    Hi Wilson … The neat thing is that with the reef balls makes the balancing of the ecosystem easier and quicker. Not to mention you can live with the fishes forever.

  8. earthtoholly Says:

    The Eternal Reef is so cool…what a beautiful way to spend your next life!

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :o)

    earthtohollys last blog post..SkyWatch Friday No. 32

  9. Linda Says:

    Hi earthtoholly … You betcha! I think its better having sealife surrounding you.

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