Join the Campaign and Spread the Word
- Never release balloons outdoors.
- Properly dispose of balloons after use.
- Contact schools & businesses that typically release balloons. Suggest alternatives.
- Ask stores to participate in the Balloon Council's "Responsible Balloon Retailer" program.
- Contact local & state officials and ask for a ban on the mass release of balloons.
- To learn more about the damage caused by released balloons visit www.balloonsblow.org and www.preventballoonlitter.org.
- Post photographs of balloons and balloon remnants found in the Great Lakes region at #dontletitflygl. Include date and location photograph was taken. With your help, a "Don't Let It Fly" Photo Gallery is coming soon.
Are We Up for the Challenge?
A campaign to eliminate balloons from the skies above the Great Lakes launched by the 2007 4th grade classes of Quincy Elementary School in Zeeland, MI is relaunched in Chicago in February of 2019. You can read the details in my blog, "Is Chicago Up for the Challenge?" To watch the campaign launch, go to minute 20 on the video In Conversation at the Union League Club of Chicago.
Posted on Facebook 2/23/19
What if every 4thgrader in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Ontario, and Quebec followed the lead of the 4thgraders in Zeeland, MI and launched a “Don’t Let it Fly or the Great Lakes Will Cry?” campaign to eliminate balloon litter? What if the only colors we saw in the skies above the Great Lakes were those gloriously painted by God?
Posted on Facebook 3/2/19
And what if every child facing an extended stay in a hospital had a chance to participate in the campaign? What if they could make buttons? And the buttons sold in the hospital gift shop to raise money for programs to keep the kids connected to their classmates, studies, and life outside the hospital walls?
Posted on Facebook 3/9/19
What if everyone knew Mylar balloons, when released, can float into power lines--where Mylar’s metallic coating can melt, become tangled, and result in power outages? even spark fires? What if they knew power companies from California to Virginia are concerned about safety, about the damage and inconvenience of outages caused by Mylar balloons? Perhaps those balloons would disappear from our skies.
Posted on Facebook 3/16/19
What if people living near one of the 63 Alliance for the Great Lakes “Adopt-a-Beach Spring Kick-Off” events showed up to help? Including the cleanup of the Saugatuck Dunes State Park beach on April 20th? What if people knew the Alliance tracks the number of balloons (and all trash) picked up at these events? And that in 2018, volunteers picked up 4,415 balloons? Perhaps balloons would disappear from our skies.
As part of the “Don’t Let it Fly or the Great Lakes Will Cry” campaign, I “adopted” the Saugatuck Dunes State Park beach in the Alliance for the Great Lakes “Spring Kickoff.” After all, this is the beach where the 2007 class of Quincy Elementary School 4th graders collected the evidence needed to convince the Zeeland School District to ban the mass release of balloons at all school functions.
What better place to relaunch the campaign? And get in those 10,000 steps?! Please join us! And spread the word!
Posted on Facebook 3/23/19
I bought a bag of balloons yesterday for my 92-year-old mother who is leading an exercise class in her retirement community. She wanted the balloons for an activity that involves batting about balloons with swim noodles. She tells me it is the most fun and the most strenuous of all the exercises.
I am not anti-balloons. I am against releasing them into our skies. There is a difference.
You can help by posting photographs of balloon litter discovered on any Great Lakes shoreline at #dontletitflygl. Include date and location. (and you, if you choose) And, of course, please dispose of the litter in a trash container.
A Three-Pronged Approach to Eliminate the Mass Release of Balloons
1. Gather the Facts
2. Spread the Word
3. Meet with State Representatives
Let me know if you'd like to participate in gathering facts, spreading the word, meeting with local and state representatives, or all parts of the campaign to eliminate balloons in the skies above the Great Lakes states.