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'Green' Graveyard Aims To Preserve Lake Champlain/ Adirondacks Animal Corridor

The Spirit Sanctuary in Essex, New York hopes to preserve a wildlife corridor by turning it into a "green" burial ground.
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The Spirit Sanctuary in Essex, New York hopes to preserve a wildlife corridor by turning it into a "green" burial ground.

To preserve a wildlife corridor between Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks that could help animals survive a changing climate, a new organization is taking a unique approach: the Spirit Sanctuary in Essex, New York is buying up land for people who want to be buried there.

The interred must use green burial processes—no embalming, no vault, only a biodegradable casket or shroud—as part of efforts to preserve the landscape in perpetuity.

Michelle Acciavatti, a death doula for the Spirit Sanctuary project and president of Green Burial Vermont, joins Vermont Edition to explain the project and what's involved in a green burial.

Broadcast live on Wednesday, Jan. 16. 2019 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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