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Georgia Politicians

Make Mass Balloon Releases Illegal

    1. Amie Koporc
    2. Petition by

      Amie Koporc

      Roswell, GA

I am 8 years old and like most kids I like balloons. But I’m really worried about what they are doing to our environment and wildlife here in Georgia. Why is throwing trash along the side of a road illegal, but releasing balloons in the sky to explode and fall to the ground in pieces legal? To me it seems that releasing balloons into the air is the same thing as littering and laws need to be put in place to protect our wildlife.

On the ground, balloons can easily be mistaken for prey and eaten by animals. They are especially harmful in an aquatic environment because they look like jellyfish – a major source of food for marine animals including sea turtles, dolphins, whales, fish and seabirds. Attachments such as ribbons and string tied to balloons are a particular problem for land and sea animals as they can lead to entanglement and death.

Georgia is home to several sea turtle species – all of which are endangered. When these marine animals ingest balloons the pyloric valve can get blocked so that food cannot pass through, causing slow, painful starvation.

Balloon release is illegal in several states including: Virginia, Connecticut, Florida, Tennessee, New York, Texas and California. I recently moved to GA from Florida where it is a crime to intentionally release more than (10) balloons in a 24-hour period.

Please help me pass legislation to stop balloon releases and help save one of Georgia's most precious resources -- its wildlife!

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    1. Clemson University to Host Mass Balloon Event

      Amie Koporc
      Petition Organizer

      For 30 years Clemson University in S.C. (USA) has been trashing the Earth with balloons. It all started back in 1983 with their record breaking release of 363,729 balloons.www.tinyurl.com/clemson1983 Proud of their 'accomplishment', they decided to make it a tradition to release balloons at every home football game, sending thousands of balloons to litter the world every time the players storm the field.

      The next mass balloon event is scheduled for August 31 at 5:00. Please ask that Clemson University reconsider this decision by visiting their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/clemsonuniv or by e-mailing the following:

      jbarker@clemson.edu James Barker, President
      drad@clemson.edu Dan Radakovich, Director of Athletics
      gaild@clemson.edu Gail Disabatino, Dean of Students
      spirit@clemson.edu
      sustainability@clemson.edu
      http://www.clemson.edu/ces/eees/contact/index.html
      Governor's office - http://governor.sc.gov/Pages/SendMessage.aspx

    2. Reached 2,000 signatures
    3. City Council to Create Resolution Asking Residents to Stop Balloon Releases

      Amie Koporc
      Petition Organizer

      The Roswell, GA city council will announce a resolution asking residents to stop mass balloon releases at their June 25th meeting. Thanks for your support! We're still working on state legislation.

    4. Reached 1,500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Debbie Bennett SAVANNAH, GA
      • 8 months ago

      We must protect our wildlife

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    • Ronda Kaufman CARTERSVILLE, GA
      • 8 months ago

      They is no reason for mass balloons to be real

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    • Amy Smtih SAVANNAH, GA
      • 9 months ago

      I am a boater and enjoy the water and nature in and around the water. I bothers me to see dead birds and things that have be maimed from thing left floating in the water or left on land.

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    • Britta D'Angelo HINESVILLE, GA
      • 9 months ago

      Because we need to protect the animals (species) we have left and it is a horrible sight, when birds, fish or turtles are laying strangled along the beaches, or floating in the oceans.

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    • Cheryl Yeager CHAMBERSBURG, PA
      • 9 months ago

      It takes a child to bring a problem to light

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