No sitting on the fence! Discarded plastic curtesy of “Anagram”. A considerate note on this balloon warns that it must not be released outdoors in California ...... i suppose the rest of the planet is ok? I generally pick up one or two of these a week. https://www.flickr.com/photos/145360468@N05/48840217372/in/photolist-2hpQT4j-61H5Ch-b44wMK Ramsholt, Suffolk Coastal District, England
Around the world, birds and other wildlife are picking up plastics mistaken as food and succumb from consuming the plastics or regurgitate the plastics, along with food, to their young who then die due to lack of nutrition or impaction of plastic in the digestive tract.
The alternative to balloon releases, recommended by WCAS, is to plant native plants that are wildlife friendly, such as trees that provide habitat, shrubs that provide food (flowers, fruits or seeds) or flowering perennials that are good for pollinators (insects and hummingbirds). These would be a lasting legacy as a remembrance to a loved one, would provide a natural way to celebrate as the plants mature, and enhance a neighborhood, school yard or park.
WCAS hopes that the information presented will be considered and help the environment in a small, but significant way.
VIEW: Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society Policy on Balloon Releases (PDF)
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