Isn’t there a better way to celebrate?

York Press: Staff and pupils at Haxby Road Primary School release 150 balloons to celebrate their        academy status – but is this a fitting form of celebration? The writer of today’s Soapbox letter this not Staff and pupils at Haxby Road Primary School release 150 balloons to celebrate their academy status – but is this a fitting form of celebration? The writer of today’s Soapbox letter this not

THE report in The Press of February 5 regarding the release of 180 balloons by the new Haxby Road Primary Academy shows that the problems caused by such events still don’t seem to be understood by some people.

Even if so-called bio-degradable balloons are used they take years to break down and even then, they never completely break down and remain in the environment, putting wildlife at risk from entanglement or mistaken consumption – as the bright colours can be mistaken as food by animals and birds.

There are many alternative ways to celebrate which can be found at mcsuk.org This site also contains the details of the many beach cleans carried out by the Marine Conservation Society, including the ones at Robin Hoods Bay, to which I would like to invite Haxby Road Primary Academy to attend.

David March, Springhill Court, Tadcaster.

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12:43pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Temburong says...

I agree- Shows a lack of imagination and for a few minutes celebration just puts more unnecessary, unsightly and potentially harmful plastic waste into the environment.
I agree- Shows a lack of imagination and for a few minutes celebration just puts more unnecessary, unsightly and potentially harmful plastic waste into the environment. Temburong

4:06pm Fri 7 Feb 14

mr amoeba says...

Good point well made. The school could use this as a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the effects of plastic and everyday day waste on the environment. They could get involved with a beach clean, or imagine new exciting ways to have a community celebration. Perhaps Halfords could donate another bike to the child who comes up with the best 'green' alternative?
Good point well made. The school could use this as a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the effects of plastic and everyday day waste on the environment. They could get involved with a beach clean, or imagine new exciting ways to have a community celebration. Perhaps Halfords could donate another bike to the child who comes up with the best 'green' alternative? mr amoeba

4:18pm Fri 7 Feb 14

roadwars says...

Presumably the school will receive a fixed penalty from the litter police for each of the 150 balloon they can't account for in their waste bins?
Presumably the school will receive a fixed penalty from the litter police for each of the 150 balloon they can't account for in their waste bins? roadwars

6:05pm Fri 7 Feb 14

geordielad91 says...

Sum people complain about Anything
Sum people complain about Anything geordielad91

11:00pm Fri 7 Feb 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

And then there are Tesco plastic bags that turn to shreds and you end up spending an age with the hoover trying to pick up what seems like a million bits of plastic..
And then there are Tesco plastic bags that turn to shreds and you end up spending an age with the hoover trying to pick up what seems like a million bits of plastic.. ColdAsChristmas

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