Call for government to back ban on balloon releases and sky lanterns: Petition

The petition has already gathered 14,000+ signatures, but needs to reach 100,000 in order to be considered for debate in Parliament. Follow the link in the article to add your signature.

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A mass of brightly coloured balloons might look lovely against the blue sky, but what happens to them after they’ve drifted away is less than lovely.

According to a report from the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) in January 2017 there was a 53% increase in balloon litter compared to just two years before.

An online petition calling for a ban on balloon releases and sky lanterns is gathering pace with over 14,000 signatures.

Dangers and risks of balloon releases
So-called ‘biodegradable’ balloons and ribbons snare or kill farm, wild and marine life and take years to rot down, littering the countryside.

Sky (or Chinese) lanterns are equally dangerous, with many reports of fire caused across the country.

That’s why up to 50 councils (including the Isle of Wight council), along with the MCS and NFU, would like to see balloon/sky lantern releases banned.

Add your support
The petition has several links to articles highlighting the dangers of balloon releases and sky lanterns for those who wish to read further into the subject.

If you would like to add your signature, head over to the official Parliament petition Website.

At time of publishing the Isle of Wight had 55 signatures on the petition.

Thanks to Colin from Godshill Online for the headsup.

Image: familymwr under CC BY 2.0

Tuesday, 1st May, 2018 10:10am



Filed under: Government, Island-wide, Isle of Wight News, Top story

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To my mind it’s similar to burning down trees just to watch the sparks. IF mankind could get over the hypnotic element of floaty things, the environment would be much better off.

I spotted and started promoting this petition via the Twitter account @GodshillIoW yesterday when the IoW total was only 26 (one month from the start of the petition). Great to see OnTheWight has now moved our total on from 55 to 76 and rising. Even though this represents only 0.05% of IoW constituents, it does put us in the top group of constituencies alongside a number of… Read more »

Congratulations everyone! The IoW is the first constituency to reach 100 signatures. Let’s be the first to 1,000! The Isle of Wight leads and the rest of the UK follows… (OK, so we are the largest constituency in the UK)