Ban the Semicolon Project's Balloon Release
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On August 30th the Semicolon Project Nenagh are planning a balloon release event, in remembrance of those lost to suicide. Their intentions are good, but the results of these actions can be detrimental to the environment.
What goes up, must come down. When balloons are released in to the atmosphere, they can travel thousands of miles, but will always return to the land or the oceans.
After their descent, the best case scenario is they become ugly litter. In many cases they are susceptible to consumption by vulnerable wildlife. Many animals consume deflated balloons, mistaking them for food.
This is particularly common in marine environments, where balloons can easily be confused for jellyfish. Each square mile of the ocean contains more than 46,000 pieces of floating plastic. Eight million metric tons of plastics make their way into the ocean each year.
As well as the direct hazards caused by balloons, balloon releases waste valuable and finite helium. Helium is used in MRI scanners, cryogenics, breathing ventilators for infants and countless other things. We need affordable helium for these life saving services - it should not be wasted on balloons!
Do not honour your loved ones who have been lost to suicide by spoiling the Earth. Light candles, blow bubbles - but please do not release balloons.
Please sign this petition to ban the balloon release. It's 10 days from today so I don't have much time to gain support. Every signature helps! I will be in contact with Tipperary County Council and the more support this petition has, the more likely it will be to make a difference.
Even if you are not in the area, please sign anyway! Balloons can travel thousands of miles. It's your planet, it's your concern.
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