China has a long history of 5,000 years, and the origin of earth burial can be traced back to the Middle Paleolithic period (early matrilineal commune).As the old saying goes, “In the grave is peace.”However, with the development of The Times, China, as a big country with a population of 1.4 billion, is very short of land per capita even though its territory is vast.It is an urgent task to reform the funeral system to meet the requirements of development.On January 1, 2013, The State Council’s revised regulations on funeral management came into effect, ushering in the reform of traditional funeral methods.What are the features of the funeral after the change?It is well known that in the past, after the death of a person, we would put the body in a coffin and then bury the coffin in the ground, so that the deceased can have a home after death.This way of burial has a history of thousands of years in China, making this traditional funeral way become a traditional impression that cannot be changed overnight in the mind of the older generation.However, due to the decrease of land resources and the rising price of cemeteries, cremation and placing the ashes in an urn are gradually replacing the traditional burial.But at the same time, some people think that “the dead are big”, “fallen leaves return to the root”, let the dead body into the ground, conform to the natural law of nature should be the real wish of the people.There are different opinions among the public about the reform of earth burial.Some people agree with it, some oppose it, and some think that different funeral management systems should be implemented in remote mountainous areas and cities according to local conditions.However, the implementation of the policy has become an inevitable trend for the following three reasons.1. Insufficient Land Resources With the vigorous development of China’s economy, the demand for commercial and agricultural land is increasing.Because of this, for the sake of the vision of better development in the future, the effective management of land resources has become an effective and important measure.At the same time, unified and standardized management can promote the positive impact on the society, just as the so-called “no rules, no fangyuan”.The reform of the funeral system is one of the measures to ensure that our land resources achieve the maximum benefit transformation, which is to promote the rapid and steady development of the economy. In general, the benefits outweigh the disadvantages.2. Anti-feudal thought in the past, qingming burning paper money, confestation flying, but also generate carbon monoxide pollution environment.It puts a lot of pressure on the environment.During ancestor worship in cemeteries, a lot of meal waste is often created in the mountains and fields, which also has a great burden on environmental maintenance. Therefore, in recent years, the green ancestor worship in Qingming Festival has gradually entered people’s vision.”Worship sweep the heart is not in shape”, set up a new style of civilization is our new era people should do justice.3. Save funeral expenses In traditional funeral customs, burning paper money, wreaths of flowers and couplets, suona funeral and other complicated processes are extremely sad for the deceased, but the cost is not small.The dead have passed away, and a proper burial is the way we should advocate.Demand for Commercial and Agricultural Land is Rising China has now achieved the goal of a moderately prosperous society in all respects.Today, we are moving towards the second Centenary Goal, which is to achieve basic modernization by the middle of the 21st century.To this end, continue to deepen the agricultural automation development, sound commercial all-round development has become an urgent development requirements.In recent years, the demand for commercial land in China has been on the rise.In the future, China’s economy will expand to a deeper and wider area.The development of agriculture is also not to be underestimated.Therefore, it is necessary to reform the funeral system in accordance with the policy changes.From another point of view, since the implementation of “returning farmland to forest”, the area of arable land has been reduced again.As a populous country, the demand for food is beyond doubt.To sum up, the food issue related to agriculture is the top priority of people’s livelihood.If the practice of earth burial continues in rural areas, it will have an incalculable impact on China’s cultivated land resources.China has entered the stage of aging population, if the development of burial continues, I am afraid that the future of arable land resources will be reduced to a very terrible situation.If we put it off until then, we will be in a very difficult situation.In this era of big data, the government has also begun to establish a body information management platform, and the burial time and place of bodies have also begun to be registered. The extensive rules and regulations of such procedural burial process make management more convenient and reduce the risk of illegal activities such as occupying farmland for burial.On the cost side, the government has started to implement a unified requirement to reduce the cost of body transportation and temporary storage, and the public can also feel at ease about the burial of the body.In recent years, terms such as green environmental protection and low-carbon travel have also been active on various social media platforms. Green financial development has also become one of the concepts of supply-side structural reform.Harmonious coexistence between man and nature is a global development trend.Green development can also be improved from the perspective of the funeral system.Recently, China has begun to establish a reward and subsidy system for ecological burial.In order to encourage citizens to conform to the development concept of green environmental protection, the people’s government will give certain economic rewards to citizens who adopt flower burial, tree burial, lawn burial and other ecological burial methods that do not occupy land, truly return to nature, and do not retain ashes.We should firmly follow the path of giving priority to ecological and green development, focus on improving the quality of the environment, and make efforts to realize the beautiful aspiration of harmonious development between man and nature from both real life and spiritual perspective.We will accelerate the building of an environment-friendly and resource-conserving society, and carry out green funerals in response to the call.Let us do our part to promote the building of a beautiful China and contribute to global ecological progress and security.At present, the situation of COVID-19 prevention and control continues to improve, but the risk of the spread of the epidemic caused by overseas imports and the gathering of people still exists.Be careful not to miss a single detail.In the upcoming Tomb-sweeping Day, the green memorial will be included as part of the social defense against the epidemic, and relevant rules and regulations will be put into effect.In summary, since the interim regulations on funeral management were issued on February 8, 1985, it has been several decades since the cremation system was fully implemented, and the construction of public cemeteries in urban fringe areas has been put into practice.Older people’s psychological resistance may be the current problem, so the younger generation to understand the reason, emotional persuasion is the most important.At present, many provinces and cities in China have implemented the cremation system and banned the burial of bodies that should be cremated.This seems to have become an irreversible trend.On the basis of respecting traditions and ethnic minorities, China has made many adjustments in burial policies, generally speaking, for better economic and environmental development, and the support and practice of the public is very important.So what do you think about the burial reform?For or against?