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BALLOONS KILL WILDLIFE, POLLUTE THE EARTH AND WASTE HELIUM 

BALLOONS BLOW… DON’T LET THEM GO!

Countless balloons are released around the world every day.

Beach litter surveys have shown the amount of balloons and balloon pieces found on the beach have tripled in the past 10 years. 

While some balloons burst, others just gradually deflate. But they all fall back down to Earth where they can wreak havoc on wildlife on land, sea, and air.

Dolphins, whales, turtles, and many other marine species, as well as terrestrial animals such as cows, dogs, sheep, tortoises, birds and other animals have all been hurt or killed by balloons. The animal is usually killed from the balloon blocking its digestive tract, leaving them unable to take in any more nutrients. It slowly starves to death. The animals can also become entangled in the balloon and its ribbon making the animal unable to move or eat.

Sea turtles are particularly at risk because they naturally prey on jellyfish, which balloons can easily be mistaken for.

Balloons can take years to break down, even the so-called “biodegradable” latex ones. This provides plenty of time for them to travel and encounter many animals that may mistake them for a snack, or accidentally get entangled in them.

Some states and countries have enacted laws regarding the release of balloons. This multi-billion dollar industry encourages consumers to litter. It is our view as well as many involved in conservation that releasing balloons should be included in litter laws, after all, that is the end product; litter.

 
Blue Balloon Looks Like Jellyfish  photo Credit: Balloonsblow.org

Blue Balloon Looks Like Jellyfish

photo Credit: Balloonsblow.org

Luckily, this Guillemot with a balloon tied tightly around its leg was found & saved - Farne Islands National Trust, UK  Photo credit: David Steely

Luckily, this Guillemot with a balloon tied tightly around its leg was found & saved - Farne Islands National Trust, UK

Photo credit: David Steely

Rusty-blackbird vulnerable species found dead entangled in balloon ribbon  Photo credit: David E Gurniewicz

Rusty-blackbird vulnerable species found dead entangled in balloon ribbon

Photo credit: David E Gurniewicz

 
 
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HOW TO HELP…

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 email them to people that have planned a balloon release, often perform them, or use helium-filled balloons. Balloonsblow.org also have infopics to print or share which are also great for social media posts.


Take action & help spread the word!


Leading by example can inspire others to live more eco-conscious lifestyles as well. It’s important to not only speak up but to also take action – every one can reduce their impact and help save wildlife. We can pick up litter that we see while out enjoying nature, refuse single-use products, educate others, and much more!

Don’t be afraid to speak up and speak out. Write to local stores or restaurants if you see them passing out helium balloons. 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.


Mylar balloons and a Long beaked common dolphin  Photo Credit: Shane Keena, Dana Point California

Mylar balloons and a Long beaked common dolphin

Photo Credit: Shane Keena, Dana Point California

 

BY SPREADING AWARENESS, YOU ARE SAVING WILDLIFE EVERYWHERE.