Balloon Ban -- Put an end to releasing balloons in Guahan's skies

Balloon Ban -- Put an end to releasing balloons in Guahan's skies

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Tina Erickson started this petition to Guam Legislature and

Guam law bans littering "upon" highways and land, and "into" water, but does not address balloons released into the air, what should be viewed as "delayed littering." Every balloon released is a piece of litter returned to the land and the waters in the form of rubbish or marine debris; essentially 'a meal for wildlife.' 

No balloon is “environmentally friendly,” every released balloon becomes litter and has the potential to become harmful. Biodegradable (latex) balloons are not safe either as they do not decompose at a rate quicker than wildlife can consume them. Sea animals mistake these shiny, bright tatters of what was once somebody's celebration for food. They consume it and clog their digestive systems and eventually starve to a slow and painful death. Land and sea animals are getting tangled in the strings of balloons and cannot escape, causing them to become easy prey or, again, forced to starve to death. 

The negative implications of balloons being released into the skies do not only  affect the wildlife. Electric companies have reported power interruptions when strings from balloons entangle the power lines.The metallic/foil balloons that conduct electricity impose an even greater risk as they start interacting with power lines. These "mylar" balloons are made from metalicized polyester, which is dirty in both production and disposal. 

Balloon debris also lands on public and private property, forcing residents to remove fallen debris which becomes a nuisance. 

Here are some alternatives to releasing balloons: 

1. Paint/decorate a coconut in honor of the celebrant and plant it somewhere meaningful. Guam can benefit from this as we already have a huge problem with the Coconot Rhinoceros Beetle depleting our coconut trees. 

2. Release doves (for funerals) --they cause no problems and eventually fly back home, in turn supporting local. 

3. Blow bubbles or fly a kite in honor of the celebrant; a kite that can be personally made by everyone involved which creates more memories and bonding. 

4. Fly a banner and reuse or recycle the banner. Have everyone involved make a banner--great memories and great fun creating together.  

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