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Balloon relase?

Posted on 2 May 2006 at 10:03 am
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  • Anonymous
    2 May 2006 at 10:03 am #2423

    I was wondering if anyone has ever organised a balloon release event before? A local company wants to set one up to help us raise money, but I am unsure if there are any pitfalls to be aware of, namely the environmental impact it may have.

    If anyone has any comments, I would be glad to hear them!

    Kind regards,

    Simone

    ______________________
    Simone Rogers
    Development Manager
    Isle of Man Children’s Centre

    Anonymous
    2 May 2006 at 3:12 pm #8482

    Simone,

    I would have a look at the Balloon Association website, although bear in mind that they are in favour of balloon releases. They do have some ideas of how to minimise the environmental impact of a release though if you decide to go ahead.

    http://www.nabas.co.uk/balloon.html

    There is some information around on the internet to suggest that animals and marine species have been found with latex balloons in their digestive systems. The problem seems to be the danger posed by balloons that aren’t sufficiently inflated, don’t break up, and are then mistaken for jellyfish/ squid by some marine species.

    http://www.ukrivers.net/balloon_fact.html

    It’s a tricky one. The above websites might help you get started with some research….

    Kind regards
    Liz

    Anonymous
    10 May 2006 at 11:31 am #8483

    I was wondering if anyone has ever organised a balloon release event before? A local company wants to set one up to help us raise money, but I am unsure if there are any pitfalls to be aware of, namely the environmental impact it may have.

    If anyone has any comments, I would be glad to hear them!

    Kind regards,

    Simone

    ______________________
    Simone Rogers
    Development Manager
    Isle of Man Children’s Centre

    Hiya,

    I am a fundraiser for a small charity and considered a similar event until I had a chat with my sister who is a Marine Biologist and works in the Acquarium at a well know zoo. One of the ecological impacts balloons in the environment have is that when they deflate in the ocean, turtles (of all varieties) eat the balloons thinking they are jellyfish, then can be known to die as a result of choking and not being able to digest the rubber material. You’d be better off taking some advice from a conservation organisation but in the meantime I hope this helps.

    With best wishes, Laura

    Anonymous
    10 May 2006 at 1:58 pm #8484

    I work for an environmental charity that has a ‘no balloon’ policy- they are apparently the unsung eco-terrorist of the modern day… is quite frustrating though.

    That said, they did a balloon release at one of the last organisations I was at and they got quite a bit of agro and I think someone even reported them for littering (the balloons were branded)- let’s just say it backfired!

    Anonymous
    11 May 2006 at 7:30 am #8485

    I mentioned the negative environmental impact of a balloon release on a previous discussion on this forum of balloon releases:

    Balloons!
    https://www.fundraising.co.uk/forum/thread.php?id=661#1557
    11 January 2004

    It includes details of the Marine Conservation Society’s call for a voluntary ban on balloon releases.

    Anonymous
    8 September 2006 at 12:06 pm #8486

    I know if you set off a lot of balloons you have to let the Civil Aviation Authority know as they’ll tell pilots to stay well clear at launch time!

    Anonymous
    8 September 2006 at 12:15 pm #8487

    we actually ended up not holding the event, as we came across some information from the Marine Conservation Sociey that demonstrated the damage caused by balloon releases – if you google them, you can find the info on their website.

    20 September 2006 at 10:19 am #10711

    The Marine Conservation Society has launched a new campaign about the dangers to marine wildlife of balloon releases.

    UK Fundraising’s Penny Stephen reports:

    Balloons danger to marine wildlife
    https://www.fundraising.co.uk/balloons-danger-marine-wildlife
    13 September 2006

    Anonymous
    11 October 2006 at 2:39 pm #8488

    Well done for not having a balloon release. The turtles and dolphins will thank you for it. I wish other organisations took the environmental concerns of balloon releases more seriously.

    Anonymous
    12 October 2006 at 8:36 am #8489

    in fairness, i really dont believe people hold them because they dont care about wildlife, i think its because they are unaware of the dangers it causes. do you think it is something the IoF could advse all fundraisers of the dangers?

    Anonymous
    13 October 2006 at 6:41 pm #8490

    True, I don’t think that most organisers are aware of the problem. Also the balloon industry, who obviously stand to lose out on business if balloon races & releases stop, try to play down the environmental problem by saying that latex balloons are biodegradeable (which they are but they don’t break down quickly enough.) I noticed that Barclays Bank has ./guidance on their website to employees who are doing fundraising to avoid balloon races for the reasons mentioned. Normally they match employees fundraising efforts £ for £ but they have specifically stated that they won’t do so for balloon races because of the environmental issues and they suggest other fundraising ideas instead. It would be good if more employers did this as it would raise awareness. I think the more people are aware of the consequences of balloon races & releases, the less they will happen. The Marine Conservation Society has a “Don’t Let Go” campaign to raise awareness of the problem and have put together a useful pack with information and a poster which can be put on noticeboards to let people know about the effects of balloons on wildlife. If anyone would like a pack email them on : [email]info@mcsuk.org.[/email]

    25 July 2008 at 10:16 am #10710

    The RAF Association is the latest charity to turn against mass balloon releases after learning of the Marine Conservation Society’s concerns about the environmental impact of such releases.

    RAFA changed its event into an indoor one where cadets tried to hit balloons into a goal in the gym at RAF Cosford.

    A week before that Welsh charity Llamau changed its annual balloon release into a pigeon and dove race. (OK, not the best alternative event to move to, but it’s a start).

    31 March 2011 at 1:41 pm #11315

    How about this for an alternative to balloon releases? Release butterflies to mark or celebrate your charity’s event:

    http://www.springwise.com/eco_sustainability/mariposeando/

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