The SABR program encourages students to...
Use earth-friendly alternatives in place of balloons and sky lanterns
Help keep their school and county litter-free
Spend time outdoors enjoying nature, without litter!
Speak out against balloon / sky lantern releases in their community
Invite family and friends to attend a beach or highway clean-up
The facts about balloon and sky lantern releases... they're UGLY!
Where do you think balloons go when they are released into the atmosphere?
People have been releasing balloons for decades under the assumption that the balloons are biodegradable. This is false!
Many people think they simply vanish, but the reality is that they can travel for thousands of miles before deflating and falling back to the ground as ugly litter. Many states have banned mass-littering events with balloons and sky lanterns.
When balloons are released, their strings often become entangled around wildlife causing starvation and death. Many animals mistake the deflated balloons for food, chocking or suffocating to death as a result.
Dangerous for people, too!
These forms of littering have been known to cause serious injury to wildlife and people. Massive fires can ignite when mylar balloons float into industrial or residential areas, or into high tension power lines. Sky lanterns are set on fire and released into the air with no control over when or where they land.