End the Husker balloon release tradition!

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Hey Huskers! Look what was found littering the beaches out in East Hampton, NEW YORK! Our TRASH.

During our 7 home games this season, we have released 21,000 red balloons that have made their way up in to the sky and finally, landed back down. Miles away from their Nebraska origin where the rest of the world is now responsible for the burden of cleaning up our trash.

I shouldn't have to explain why balloon releases are terrible for our environment, but given the comments that I've seen on the original poster's Instagram account, it seems that we live in a very closeminded world here in Nebraska. Contrary to popular belief, when balloons float up into the sky and get blown around, they do eventually come back down to Earth. Not only is "biodegradable latex" a pure façade ("biodegradable" litter is STILL litter). Latex balloons contain chemicals and can take YEARS to break down. In that time birds, turtles, and other animals (yes, even domestic animals) commonly mistake balloons for food. Which can harm or even kill them.  In addition to this, many animals can become entangled in balloon strings, which can strangle them or hurt their feet and hands. Furthermore, the world's oceans are rapidly becoming unrecognizable as their ecosystems are being harmed beyond repair from human activity.

Why is this important? Why do we care? I've seen numerous users commenting things along the lines of "GO BIG RED! Mind your business." or "worry about what's going on in your own backyard", balloon pollution is a global issue.  It's easy for us to forget about the seas and beaches when we live nowhere near them, but when Nebraska traditions are beginning to effect the entire planet, it's time for a change. Balloons can travel thousands of miles, polluting the most the most and pristine places. Once they do, they become a danger to any animal that comes in contact with it. It's our responsibility to change our habits to help heal our planet, that includes oceans and beaches. Protecting our environment from pollution is very important, especially when it can hurt so many helpless animals.

Simple stated: Releasing balloons is littering. Stand with me and others to protect our environment from pollution. Please help us keep our planet clean, make the promise to never litter and never let balloons go. Help us tell the University of Nebraska at Lincoln to END THIS TRADITION.