The BBC is carrying a story about biologists calling for a ban on mass balloon releases. I must say, after reading the article it makes perfect sense. I’ve seen plenty of huge balloon releases and likely only pondered where all those balloons would end up, but never gave any thought about it beyond that. It would make perfect sense they would end up some where on the ground, after all, they don’t float around forever. They will climb until they pop then the rubbish will drift around before falling back to earth (isn’t Gravity wonderful). Well, its never once occurred to me that these would land and endanger animals. Perhaps, had at some point in my life I’d been walking along and had the remains of a balloon fall on or near me it might have come to mind that these could fall into wild animal habitats. I suspect if people are honest with themselves they’ve never thought about this either.
As cool as big balloon releases look, I have to agree with these guys. I think it’s a bad idea. Not to mention the general environmental impact all this rubbish will have. Which is something else I’ve started to become a lot more conscience about recently.