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Don’t let go!

Balloons (and lanterns) are a sore topic in our house. While I know they are significant markers in western culture:

Birthdays

Memorials

Parties

Launches

Celebrations

Weddings

Graduations

Circuses

Football games

… I’ve got a problem.

Released balloons (of all kinds) kill wildlife and domestic animals.

Birds can end up caught up in balloons, turtles eat them, smaller creatures can drown when they too get stuck. When a cow eats a Chinese style lantern the metal parts can puncture it’s stomach. Then the animal may need to be destroyed.

A UK charity the Marine Conservation Society has campaigned tirelessly to encourage people to use alternative markers for special events.

“Don’t let gothe campaign message is clear. They cause suffering.

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I have the greatest respect for these rites of passage and I’m not a killjoy.

But littering the skies and oceans is the wrong choice.

Given that people have so much talent, so many skills, balloons are a short term long impact option.

When we can use:

Poems

Songs

Candles

Gatherings

Moments of Silence

All of these make a better option.

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16 comments on “Don’t let go!

  1. Aquileana
    April 15, 2014

    Truly evocative and I loved the imagery you have created here, Best regards,
    Aquileana 😛

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  2. batcatz
    April 15, 2014

    I agree. The owl caught in a chinese lantern picture broke my heart.

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  3. wscottling
    April 15, 2014

    Reblogged this on Willow's Corner and commented:
    I’m not a fan of balloons or lanterns myself unless the balloons are inside only and disposed of properly. It’s a good message.

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  4. Expat Eye
    April 15, 2014

    Great message – and poems are so much more fun anyway 😉

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  5. disappearingwoman
    April 15, 2014

    My friend and I had this exact discussion today!! I completely agree with you. She owns a historic home that is used for weddings and receptions and she doesn’t allow balloons at all.

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  6. tootlepedal
    April 16, 2014

    I agree. I hate to see the sky full of potential litter. Fireworks are also heavily overused.

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    • lizard100
      April 16, 2014

      Thanks true. Fireworks of course torment with noise.

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  7. P.E.A.C.E.
    April 16, 2014

    Love it! I agree completely. Thanks for all you share.

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  8. Rambling Woods
    April 16, 2014

    Oh I hate these things…. Really where do people think this stuff goes…. Tsk..tsk

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    • lizard100
      April 17, 2014

      So very true. “There is no ‘away’ don’t throw it! ” : )

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