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Black Balloons, A Review

I swung by Metro Hall early on Thursday morning for the newmindspace / saveourclimate black balloon event that I mentioned earlier. Basically, they filled 3000 black balloons with helium, which is the same amount as how much carbon dioxide the average Canadian spews into the atmosphere every day. I took some photos:

I have to admit, I was kind of disappointed by this event. All the balloons were weighed down and covered Metro Square with a smattering of blackness, but I was going there with the impression that the entire mass of 3000 balloons would be all attached together and floating over the square, symbolic about how much CO2 is put into the air by you, by me, by every Canadian.

Maybe it’s just me, but I think it would be way more of a visual impact – a huge floating black cloud.

I guess some people have problems letting tons of balloons up into the atmosphere, but they shouldn’t, since apparently balloon latex is made from tree sap, and they degrade in the same amount of time as an oak leaf does.

Otherwise, good stuff came out of the event – the Mayor put in an appearance, Rick Mercer came by (on his bike!), and I found out that SaveOurClimate has a blog.


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