After Plastic Straws, Balloons Are Now Targeted By Environmentalists

Now that there is enough exposure to make plastic straws look bad and enough entities have made moves to ban them, environmentalists are readying to crank-up their next prudish campaign to ban another item that gives human beings pleasure: balloons.

The Associated Press reports environmentalists are livid over the rubber material that falls back to the ground after balloons break after being released into the air:

The joyous celebration of releasing balloons into the air has long bothered environmentalists, who say the pieces that fall back to earth can be deadly to seabirds and turtles that eat them. So as companies vow to banish plastic straws, there are signs balloons will be among the products to get more scrutiny, even though they’re a very small part of environmental pollution.

The anti-balloon campaign seems to be gaining legs. Some college football and other major public gatherings have ditched using balloons as part of their public ceremonies and usage at venues. The AP also points out:

This year, college football powerhouse Clemson University is ending its tradition of releasing 10,000 balloons into the air before games, a move that’s part of its sustainability efforts. In Virginia, a campaign that urges alternatives to balloon releases at weddings is expanding. And a town in Rhode Island outright banned the sale of all balloons earlier this year, citing the harm to marine life.

While some states, such as California, already have balloon restrictions in place, but environmentalists are seeking to tighten the rules, if not outright ban their use. This despite the fact that balloons do not even make the top ten pollutants in the country.

The intent of the environmentalist movement is the new Temperance Movement that seeks to deny humans the ability to not only to bend nature to enhance human life (like plastic bags or straws), but prevent people from making or creating forms of entertainment or pleasure, in this case balloons. Environmentalists hate the idea of humans using artificial materials (such as plastic or rubber) for any purpose and will work to prohibit, slander or demoralize any effort that involves their being used in any manner including and especially to improve human life.