I felt quite disgusted when I saw the newspaper article about the launch of Earth Hour in Singapore.
Can someone tell me why is there a need to release 60 balloons into the air to “signify” the launch of earth hour in Singapore? Yes, I understand that these are biodegradable balloons. But do you know how long it takes to bio-degrade? 1 week? 1 month? 6 month? And while it is bio-degrading, it is considered a pollution? What if the balloon end up in the sea and some marine life mistook it as their prey and eat it? There are known case where infant sperm whales and marine turtles died as a result of swallowing balloons. Some of them are near extinction. It doesn’t matter if the balloons are biodegradable or not. The damages are the same.
I’m not making these up. Look here and here.
It is an irony that the managing director of WWF Singapore is one of the person releasing those balloons into the air. I don’t know if I should laugh or cry. SERIOUSLY?
Earth Hour is for a good cause, to generate awareness to the effect of global warming. But while promoting the event, please take note of other environmental issues. The release of balloons is totally unnecessary. I hope Earth Hour Singapore will stop this practice in the future. Come on, surely there are other ways to signify the launch of Earth Hour without harming the environment.
Don’t misunderstand me. I support the Earth Hour. Just that I don’t support the way that they launch the event in Singapore. I hope the organizers will be mindful of the environmental impact when promoting and conducting the event. No point stopping global warming but in the process create another environmental issue.
Earth hour is on 28 March 2009, 8:30pm. Remember to turn off your lights.