NTM appeals against release of balloons: Danger to marine environment
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Nature Trust Malta has said that it is seriously concerned about the news in some media reporting that the Ghaqda Muzikali Marija Bambina, Banda Vittorja of Naxxar will be releasing a record breaking amount of balloons as part of the feast activities next week.
“What goes up would eventually come down and, since our islands are surrounded by sea, most balloons would definitely end up in the sea: making the collection of burst balloons impossible. Such debris harms marine wildlife including turtles, sea birds, dolphins and other aquatic life, which ingest it, eventually causing a long and painful death.”
NTM said that it is therefore urging the responsible authorities to take the necessary legislative measures to prohibit such harmful activities. “Worth noting is that mass balloon releases have already been banned by several local authorities in the UK, USA and Australia.”
NTM concluded by saying that it calls on Ghaqda Muzikali Marija Bambina, Banda Vittorja to strongly re-consider its activity and instead donate the money to be spent on the balloons to a charitable institution. “Alternatively, if the balloons have already been bought, NTM suggests that instead of being released, a massive balloon sculpture is constructed such that when the balloons eventually burst, their debris is contained.”