Zero Waste January: Pop Goes the Balloon

Just a bunch of innocent balloons. It’s all for fun. To make people revel at the moment. And break a record at that.

But people didn’t buy it. “Stop this madness!” was the clamor.

There were rants, and pleadings, and reasoning. A petition was made. Thousands of signatures collected in less than a day. Then the government intervened. A recipe for disaster for the poor capitalist. Could be the reason why it was an easy target. But surely, it’s people power at work.

Naysayers shake their heads.

“You stopped the activity but not the trash.”

“Why stop this and not that?”

“How about the rest of the garbage of everyone else?”

Damn if you do, damn if you don’t. As always.

Holidays in Bhutan are celebrated planting trees. They don’t fly a balloon, or release sky lanterns, or choke the air with fireworks. And they don’t leave their garbage behind after the celebration.

Better to be a kill joy than a “kill planet” as somebody puts it. Then again, one doesn’t have to harm the Earth for just a little bit of fun.

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Credit: Camp SEWI (Student’s Environmental Writing Initiative)
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Author: Ryan Bestre

Environmentalist. Teacher. Writer.

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