There two two balloons up on the ceiling.
did this post in 2012. I had wanted to do this post two yeas ago, I was privileged to be invited
to stay in a private island at a private waterway. What I found that
was not so private was the invarsion of a released balloon. I was
frolicking with my son and nephews when I saw a shimmering coloured
object in the shape of a fish. I quickly grabbed a net to try to catch
what I thought was a fish.
In stead, to my
disappointment, and anger, it was the remains of a non biodegradible
balloon. Had this balloon ended in a whale, you can imagine what will
happen to the whale. The balloon also have strings that can tangle the
beaks of birds, or turtles.
These days, there are
biodegradible balloons for people to release, but they are expensive.
Unless you are passionate about the environment, it is hard to persuade
people to buy these balloons.
I was at the Auckland
International airport, waiting for my husband to come back. I was
watching a woman with a toddler who was holding one of these balloons.
Before you can say boo, the child had accidentally let go, and the
balloon floated to the celing. It was hullabaloo, as the child wanted
another, and the mum wasn't getting another , as these balloons are not
I looked up the ceiling, there was another one.
Fortunately, in this case, the balloon was released indoors. But how
many balloons escape when there is a party outdoors. I was at an outdoor
function, people cheered when a balloon floated away. I was sad.
Today, in a face book group of grieving mothers, there was a discussion of releasing balloons. They also talk about the hot air balloons. I guess in most cases, people are not aware of the repercussions on birds and sea animals.
can you do other than releasing balloons, especially mass release, why
not save the money and plant a tree instead. Or you can donate books to
the library. And if you have to release the balloons, pay a bit more for bio-degradable ones.
Sorry if you think I am a kill joy. I happen to be a silent partner of Green Peace.