|Balloon Release Ban Bill
|Balloon looking like squid or jellyfish, Kahuku||Shredded balloons and plastic ribbon on Kahuku shoreine|
|Mass balloon release at Nanakuli Beach 2020|
FINAL HEARING for SB347 banning balloon releases statewide!
Help us pass SB347 SD1, a bill to ban balloon releases statewide introduced by Senator Gabbard. This bill has passed the Senate, passed the first committee in the House and now is up for final hearing on Tuesday 30th March, 2021 at 2pm in the Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs (JHA). The hearing will take place via zoom and can be watched live on the internet. Please send in testimony in support of this bill no later than Monday 29th March 2pm.
This bill matters to the survival of marine life such as albatrosses, sea turtles and other animals. Balloons are lethal and one of the most harmful types of marine debris. Balloons are litter that is originating locally. SB347 SD1 can put a stop to this litter at the source and save lives. Last year there was a mass balloon release on Oahu at Nanakuli Beach Park where over 2000 balloons were released also people release balloons on mass to celebrate graduations. Action is needed to protect marine animals from horrible, painful deaths due to balloon litter. Please share on social media and encourage your friends and family to support this bill also. Thank you for taking action.
(see screenshot below of what the online form looks like)
|Coral Photograph Credit to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce and Dr. James P. McVey. Dolphins, Japanese Angelfish, Green turtle, and Laysan Albatross photos by James Watt. Humpback whale photo by James Mobeley
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