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Stop litter from the sky

by Zilch UK category: Environment

“Balloon + sky lantern releases damage environment and kill. Pls sign government petition + RT #StopLitterFromTheSky http://thndr.me/4XTRim

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Zilch UK
Supporters
333 of 250
133% of goal supported
Social Reach
1,930,412
People
Time Left
Complete

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This campaign ended on March 07, 2018 at 8AM

Stop litter from the sky

Balloon and sky lantern releases, even supposedly biodegradable ones, create litter and entangle and choke both wild and domestic creatures.

Balloons also consume reserves of helium while lanterns cause fires and waste the time of our emergency services when they are mistaken for distress signals. Furthermore, both can endanger aircraft.

Despite environmentalists doing all they can to dissuade, and regular horror stories in the press of creatures suffering and conflagrations, the trend in balloon and sky lantern releases continues relentlessly upwards; otherwise rational and sensible people doing a silly thing for a few moments of pleasure or contemplation, blissfully unaware or not caring about the damage they are inflicting on the environment and its inhabitants.

In confronting this reality, our conclusion is that an outright and national ban, that will consign these irresponsible practices to history and prevent the ongoing habitat degradation and suffering they cause, is the only workable remedy.

Of course the balloon industry begs to differ but has been thoroughly discredited and there's a weak code of practice for sky lanterns; neither of these come close to eliminating their adverse effects.

But there is an opportunity, at a time when the political tide is running against plastics being littered into the environment, to get the issue considered for debate in Parliament; an existing petition is already almost at the half-way mark and needs only just over 50k signatures to get it past the 100,000 threshold by the 18th March.

In our view, this represents our best chance of highlighting this destructive and completely unnecessary practice and potentially making the UK the first country in the world to end it.

So please, for the good of the planet and future generations, support this endeavour by signing up to this Thunderclap today with as many as possible of your online media channels.

This will reach out to your followers on the designated date with the message you can see asking them to sign the petition and retweet.

And should you wish to support our ongoing effort to eliminate littering through changing behaviour towards responsible disposal please use our donation page.

Many thanks,

Zilch UK

With credits for images used in montage to:
balloonsblow.org
mcsuk.org
NOAA
L. Byrd – Sea Turtle Hospital, Mote Marine Laboratory
Christine McGuiness, MCS
West Midlands Fire Service
D. Gurniewicz, Indiana Dunes, IN

  • Supporter target achieved, next stop petition signature count

    March 6, 2018
    Staggered and seriously impressed to see that we've reached our target of 250 supporters with 18 hours still to go (signups are still allowed so keep telling others).

    This will mean that tomorrow morning at 8am our message will go out to more than 1.5 million individuals who, with luck, will sign the government petition and RT.

    Our goal of course is to get more than 100,000 signatures on that petition and so our work needs to continue until that's achieved.

    Do follow what happens to the signature count on the petition and help keep up the momentum by tweeting and posting the link to it:
    http://bit.ly/brpetition
    and using the #StopLitterFromTheSky hashtag.

    We're on a wave, so let's keep it rolling.

    Zilch UK
  • #StopLitterFromTheSky - a great start but more work needed

    February 25, 2018
    Just to say brilliantly well done to all those who've supported the #StopLitterFromTheSky Thunderclap so far.  The statistics speak for themselves.

    But our work is far from over - with just 10 days to go.

    The ultimate objective is to get the petition signature count past 100,000 so the it has to be considered for debate in Parliament. We therefore have just over 51,000 signatures to find.

    The Thunderclap itself will hopefully generate a great many but we could do with extending it's reach still further to be guaranteed of success.

    So do double your efforts to:
    a) Get members of your network to sign up to the thunderclap and sign the petition
    b) Persuade a few more big hitters (those with massive social media follower counts) to sign up.

    using the link http://bit.ly/StopLitterFromTheSky to go to the Thunderclap
    and http://bit.ly/brpetition to get to the Petition itself

    And if anyone can persuade the press to make a story out of this go ahead and make our day by getting it out into the media.

    It's time we put an end to these dangerous and damaging practices and with your help we can.

    Zilch UK

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Zilch UK
@ZilchUK

The national network of individuals in the UK working to eliminate littering

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