Education is the key in the fight for the planet, on this issue and all environmental issues. People need to know that by using science we can make informed, non-biased decisions.
Print out fact sheets and display them at parks or in public areas. You can also pass out or email them to people or businesses that have planned a balloon release, often perform them, or use helium-filled balloons outdoors.
You can also get a Balloons Blow bumper sticker!
Help spread the word!
Don’t be afraid to speak up and speak out. Write to local stores or restaurants if you see them passing out helium balloons, the ribbon alone can kill. Is your school releasing balloons? Write to the principal and all participating parties about alternative ideas so the school does not unknowingly add to this problem.
Get involved in local, state, and federal issues!
As a democracy, politicians are supposed to represent the majority. By sharing your side you can influence how they vote.
Here are some tips on writing to officials in government, schools, and pretty much anyone:
- Identify the issue. Make it clear and to the point. Be polite and support your reasoning with facts.
- Express yourself in a professional manner.
- Encourage them to take action to prevent balloon releases from continuing. Tell them about the depletion of helium, how important it is to conserve it, and why.
- Encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to call and write as well.
- Write to big and small businesses.
- Attend hearings about environmental issues like litter control, pollution.
- Write to newspapers and your local T.V. news station to make more people aware of this devastating problem.
By spreading awareness, you are saving wildlife everywhere.