Bereaved parents hope environmental pundit chokes to death

Oh, it’s been a while since I wrote about this, but the issue of balloon releases seems to have raised its head in a particularly bizarre and upsetting way recently. Readers who’ve read this blog for any length of time won’t have missed my thoughts about this issue – but if you did, have a quick refresher by reading Balloons – how they kill wildlife, and what to do about it. Or smirk at the slightly more tongue in cheek Smoking for Turtles on the same subject.

Smug corporate balloon release

The bottom line is that I’m worried about the damage balloons cause to the environment, and I wish people wouldn’t release them or encourage others to do so. Yes, even when it’s for a really good cause. And that’s the difficult bit, because some dreadfully worthy causes seem to adopt balloon releases as their chosen method of fund-raising or commemoration or whatever. Then it becomes quite hard to criticise the medium without being seen to be criticising the message itself. Continue reading Bereaved parents hope environmental pundit chokes to death

A rubbish idea

The CPRE’s champion, Bill Bryson, has launched a campaign to reduce flytipping and litter called Stop the Drop. Bravo, says The Ranger.

One of the themes of the campaign is roadside litter. It’s an issue that also bothers The Ranger, as he spent many hours picking litter in his time. While trolling up and down the hedgerows with a litter-picker, one’s mind wanders and sometimes reaches a zen-like state of trance. On one such occasion the Ranger had an idea to reduce roadside litter, which Bill Bryson’s exhortations brought back to him.

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