Balloons kill wildlife, pollute the Earth and waste Helium
Letter to Gibraltar
This is a letter we wrote to 9 officials in Gibraltar in 2014. We never received a reply from anyone.
Finally, in 2016, they are reconsidering…
August 13, 2014
We are writing today to ask the good people of Gibraltar to please reconsider the balloon release part of the Gibraltar National Day celebration. Please understand, no balloon release is “environmentally friendly”. After all – it is simply littering. Released balloons, even those falsely marketed as “biodegradable” or “earth friendly”, all fall to earth as dangerous litter. Animals, both marine & terrestrial, mistake spent balloons as food, killing them. Balloon releases also waste helium, which is in short supply. This finite resource is needed for science & life saving medical procedures.
Please view our website for further info & great alternatives: www.BalloonsBlow.org This year’s switch to so called, “environmentally friendly, biodegradable” latex balloons in an attempt to lessen the environmental impact will be futile. Offering the trashed balloons will eventually degrade is not a viable solution as it admittedly continues to be a risk to animals in that time. It is these latex balloons that are most often consumed by animals as their burst remains resemble their food. The balloons can last years in the environment.
The balloon industry spends millions of dollars making well intentioned revelersbelieve that releasing latex balloons is harmless, but this is untrue. They also claim as long as they are hand tied latex balloons with no attachments they are safe to release, again, this is untrue.
Please put an end to this harmful tradition. Balloon releases done in one country can effect other countries as balloons are known to travel tens of thousands of miles. People from Europe & around the world, including many Gibraltarians, are anxiously awaiting for Gibraltarofficials to finally stop this annual mass aerial littering. We are confident, if you let the people know why the event was altered, they will be happy to help conserve wildlife by choosing a nice alternative. Perhaps a mass bubble blowing would be awesome! If every person inGibraltar participated, you would break the Guinness Book of World Record for the most people simultaneously blowing bubbles. The current record holds at 23,680 people – made 15 years ago.
Please let us know of your decision. Many people have come to us relaying their concern of the dangerous trash Gibraltar‘s balloon release will cause. We would love to report to our worldwide audience of a forward thinking decision & could bring much positive attention to the good people of Gibraltar.
Thank you for your consideration. Looking forward to hearing from you..
There are many alternatives to balloon releases. Instead of littering the planet by letting balloons go, you can instead have fun, celebrate, and remember with environmentally-friendly alternatives.
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All donations and profits from our store are greatly appreciated and used entirely to further spread the word to inform and educate others of the ugly and deadly litter released balloons become, including:
Educational presentations for school and community groups
Balloon release investigations and organizer education