It comes to mind, because this 1973 futuristic movie was set in 2022.
Let that sink in.
It also comes to mind because thanks to Biden’s economic agenda (or lack thereof), much of the dystopian ethos of that world is being baked into our everyday lives. The World Economic Forum keeps pushing new forms of insect protein on us, and it was only a matter of time before cannibalism was happily presented as an idea whose time had come.
For the sake of the environment, even our death traditions are being restructured to fit the paradigm of you will own nothing and you will be happy with it. It’s wasteful to plant a headstone to memorialize your loved one, not to mention selfish. The land should belong to everyone, and you can contribute to its flourishing by composting your loved ones remains.
Save the planet, and save some space.
While this is not a new concept (it started in Washington state), making the idea hip, palatable, and righteous has moved to the next level.
And of course, California leads the way.
There are traditionally two options for what to do with a body after death: burial or cremation.
In California, a third choice will soon present itself for those who shuffle off this mortal coil. That choice is human composting.
Assembly Bill 351, signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday, will allow residents to choose human composting, or natural organic reduction (NOR), after death starting in 2027.
The process of composting a cadaver, already legalized in Washington, Colorado and Oregon, involves placing the body in a reusable container, surrounding it with wood chips and aerating it to let microbes and bacteria grow. After about a month, the remains will decompose and be fully transformed into soil. Companies such as Recompose in Washington offer the service at a natural organic reduction facility.
Unlike cremation, the process avoids the burning of fossil fuels and emission of carbon monoxide. National Geographic estimates that cremations in the U.S. alone emit about 360,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide a year.
Ahh, climate change. No wonder Hair Gel signed it. As I write, His Hairfulness has abandoned the state to attend Climate Week NYC, because he pushes zero emissions and an all electric California by 2035, but begs people not to charge their electric vehicles in order to not overwhelm the power grid.
During the early depths of the coronavirus pandemic, when funeral homes were inundated, Los Angeles County suspended regulations on cremation emissions. The author of the bill, Democratic Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, says the threat of climate change motivated the new law.
“AB 351 will provide an additional option for California residents that is more environmentally-friendly and gives them another choice for burial,” said Garcia in a statement. “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.”