As the weather gets warmer and summer parties begin, a simple reminder could save lives: Don’t release balloons into the sky.
Even though it’s the easiest thing in the world to not do many people are forgetting to follow this advice. For example, just last week the organizers of the Indy 500 coordinated a massive release of literally hundreds of balloons at the kick-off of the famous race.
Even if you can’t resist using balloons, the very last thing you should ever do is just let them float away — puncture them and put them in a trash can when you’re done.
As for the hundreds of balloons that just entered the environment last week at the start of the Indy 500 — the race claimed that the types of balloons they use are biodegradable. Unfortunately, people tested that claim and found that the balloons were still mostly intact after 11 months.
You can make a big impact for wildlife by reminding your friends and family not to release balloons. You can also donate to HSUS and Blue Planet Society to help protect animals.