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Sustainable death? Promoting adoption of green passing

Forstmann, Anne Charlotte, Martin, George Edward, Valdez Orezzoli, Mariafernanda, Xu, Jia Ying and Heitmayer, Maxi (2023) Sustainable death? Promoting adoption of green passing. Sustainability (Switzerland), 15 (5). ISSN 2071-1050

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Death practices are a highly individual and sensitive, but also strongly social and socially regulated issue. Passing rituals and types of burials have developed over centuries, and their significant environmental cost is rarely discussed. In this paper, we propose an intervention that aims to open up the conversation about green passing practices and help reduce the environmental impact of current death practices in the United Kingdom. We used the multilayered installation design approach, leveraging activity theory and installation theory to identify relevant stakeholders and entry points for intervention. We then developed a holistic intervention strategy subsumed under the green passer Initiative, which proposes intervention into burial practices at the physical, social, and embodied level. We illustrate the intervention strategy with three ideal-type journeys of future green passers and outline relevant implications for policy makers, researchers, and the general public.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2023 The Author(s).
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2023 16:51
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2024 18:15

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