Every action that we do has a certain consequence, however there are some actions we make that we are not aware of, and we think they don’t exist. Even a simple action as letting go of a balloon and letting it fly up in the air, might have a very negative consequence, which is why animal lovers are making us aware of it.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrating stated that a lot of wildlife animals can mistake the small pieces of the balloon as food. The balloons that are released are usually ending up on tree branches or wires. That then deflate and drop on the ground, or they just go up in the air until they pop and fall on the ground.
The balloons might also end up in the oceans or along the shore, becoming ocean waste. Animals can mistake the pieces of the balloons for food, and actually eat them. Ingesting balloons might lead to loss of nutrition, internal injury, starvation and even death.
The string that normally obliges the balloon can prompt animals getting snared in them. Marine life can get enveloped by the string and lead to wounds, sicknesses, or suffocation.
Balloons Blow is an association that teaches individuals on the awful after effects of leaving released in the wild. They said:
All released balloons, including those dishonestly promoted as ‘biodegradable latex’, come back to Earth as monstrous litter. They murder endless animals and cause perilous force blackouts. balloons are additionally a misuse of Helium, a limited asset. Balloons can travel a large number of miles and contaminate the most remote and flawless spots. When they do, they become a threat to any animal that interacts with it.
While cleaning up garbage in Australia, Josie Jones saw a scene that totally broke her heart.
She saw a wild penguin with its feet contorted in a tangle of four balloon strings. The penguin didn’t liberate itself from the trap before it was past the point of no return.
She imparted this circumstance to Earthcare St Kilda, a nearby association. She made a post on Facebook, clarifying that the penguin will likely have a weakened capacity to swim because of the trap. This will in the end bring about suffocating or starvation for the penguin. She included that somebody’s balloon which was released noticeable all around will be the purpose behind the passing of the penguin.
Even though there’s nothing we can do for the penguin now, other balloons should not be released in our environment, or there should be found another eco-friendly alternative to balloons.
A research coordinator for Earthcare St Kilda, Flossy Sperring, said:
Some of the most important steps to protect wildlife animals from plastic pollution is to reduce its use. In fact there are so many environmentally friendly alternatives, for example for some celebrations there are paper decorations such as confetti, candles, native plant flowers and much more. It is very easy, people only need to be willing to say bye to the old habits!