If you follow my blog, and check my Facebook or Twitter Pages you may have noticed a few weeks ago there was an uproar from a group of Eco Activists attacking me because of This Post and This Post. One was about a Balloon Experiment that Colton and I did with a Balloon Release to celebrate his birthday and the other was sharing tips for if someone wanted to do the same experiment.
So here is my response to all of the Eco Activists that spent so much time and energy to HARASS me and BULLY me all because of something fun my son and I did.
First. The Balloon Release was done in OHIO. You have made claims that I broke laws with my balloon release because I now live in Florida. I checked the laws of Ohio and there is no law against a balloon release in Ohio.
Second. When we did the balloon release I did not even think about the effects on the environment. I did not think of it as littering. I thought of it as something fun that I could do with Colton because this was something that I did as a child, in school and in church. Not to mention there are balloon releases for just about everything in Ohio.
NOW that I know they are not only bad for the environment, but also illegal in Florida, we will be doing something different to celebrate Colton’s Birthday this year (I will explain this below).
But I really take offense to the fact that you selected to target me and harass me over one thing that I did that was not the best thing for the environment. I get it, littering is bad, I get it save the planet so that future generations can enjoy it. BUT- why choose to attack one mom blogger and her son? There are many things that are bad for the planet. Inf act if you drive a car or buy anything that comes in plastic… YOU are hurting the environment. HUMANS are bad for the environment. Going back to the pioneer days, we hurt the earth by planting crops. We cut down trees to make the fields, animals lost their homes and probably died from this. WE pollute the plant with just about everything we do. So before you go on your rampage and attack another person, why don’t you think about that. Do you really think the 12 or so balloon I released compares to the emissions that are released into the air from you when you drive your car down the road?
And Why choose to attack me? Did I make the balloons? No- maybe you will have bigger impact if instead of spending your time and energy attacking me, you go right for the manufactures of these balloons?
I also want to add a little info about ME and my Family that you did not consider when you decided to attack me and make me out to be this person that goes around tossing trash everywhere. If you follow my blog you would know that we participate in Grow the Yo, Streetscape. Every year we volunteer to clean up the streets and parks in Youngstown. We as in myself, David, and Colton join a group that cleans up trash, plants flowers, and landscapes. We do this and had a whole week of a lesson with Colton about the importance of community and making things nice so that we, along with others can enjoy them.
We also recycle just about everything we can, when we lived in Ohio I would bring compostables in a bin to work for my boss to add to her compost pile (I had a garden and a compost pile, but we had to get rid of it for the playground), we also reused our egg cartons and plastic containers that fruits and veggies came in. These would also go to her because she had chickens and sold eggs and had a garden and sold her fruits and veggies. My point is… Our recycle bin is always full… trash not so much.
I also lean toward anything Eco Friendly I can. The majority of my cleaners are Seventh Generation. I have other ones- but we use mostly eco friendly cleaning products. I also tried the cloth diaper thing with Colton when he was baby. It didn’t work out too well. I think he was too old when I decided to start because we had leaks way too much. But I gave it an honest try and if we do have another baby- I will probably cloth diaper WAY earlier than what I did with Colton.
My point is– on the scale of Grey to Green, I consider myself more green than most. One mistake doesn’t make someone a horrible person. And a simple email saying “hey just so you know …” is way NICER than to attack someone and post nasty comments on photos of her kid.
To answer your questions:
Why is this post being promoted?
— I use a service called “Tweet Old Post” and it auto tweets out my old blog posts.
Why won’t you take the posts down?
—- Simple… It is my blog. And I can and will post what I want. That post has links out there directing people to my blog. If I were to delete the post, I would loose those links and those people trying to get to my blog wouldn’t get there.
Why won’t you post a retraction?
— Again- This is my blog and I will post about what I want. If you would like a certain post included, you can email me a formal request and I will send you over my rates.
Okay- So now that all of that is out of the way. We will NOT be participating in another balloon release. Now that I know the dangers to the environment we have come up with an alternative way to celebrate Colton’s birthday.
Part of the balloon experiment was to see how far the balloons went. Well Colton is hugely into maps and seeing where things are and where things go. I think it would be very cool for him to receive birthday cards from all across the United States (and maybe even some other countries too!). We will mark on a map where each card came from so he can see that people all across the country sent him a card.
So my challenge to the hundreds of Eco Activists that decided to attack me. Join me in celebrating Colton’s birthday in a more Eco Friendly way by sending my little man a Birthday Card from where ever you are from. I will be getting the post office box in May and will do a blog post to officially announce the birthday celebration with the address to send them to. So please be on the lookout in the end of May/beginning of June. If you REALLY care and want to show support for not doing a balloon release each and every one of you will come back and support our new and more eco-friendly birthday celebration.