Helium Filled Mylar Balloons
Breaking down the issue
What harm do these Balloons cause?
- Power Outages causing downtime for business and communications. Potential of deadly fires (read more and see below).
- Balloons breaking down into more harmful microplastics.
- Wildlife both in the desert and in the ocean can confuse balloons and ribbons for food. Balloons or pieces of balloon can block digestive tracts of tortoises and other animals. Balloons or balloon parts causing lost limbs or starving the animal to death. (Read More)
- Pristine nature areas or oceans polluted with balloons and ribbons.
- Helium is non-renewable resource, needed for important scientific and medical applications, rather than escaping into the air.
- Flying litter scars the landscape and is no different from throwing trash on our public lands.
What are the alternatives?
- There are many alternatives that will not pollute the Earth or harm animals.
- Regular latex balloon on sticks filled with air is best alternative right now.
- We can opt for reusable party & advertising décor – banners, flags, ribbon dancers, pinwheels.
- For memorials & fundraisers, we can plant trees, gardens or build birdhouses – actions that promote life. remembrance plants, kites, pinwheels, blowing bubbles and lighting candles or luminaries.
- Bright, colorful, and reusable flags, streamers and inflatables.
Organizations in public support of a ban on the sale of helium filled balloons in California
- Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association
- Anza Borrego Foundation
- Invasive Weed Task Force
- Project O
- Sierra Club – San Diego Chapter
- Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center
- Surfrider Foundation – San Diego
- The Chaparral Lands Conservancy
- Tortoise Group
- Tubb Canyon Desert Conservancy
What Else You Can Do
Besides signing the petition, you could share it on social media, in Facebook or other Internet groups. You could share it in schools, with your families. Take a picture of your find, and share it on your feeds.