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To: La Vie in the Sky (Cebu), Provincial and City Governments of Cebu, Archdiocese of Cebu
STOP CEBU's La Vie in the Sky Skylanterns Release
This campaign has ended.
We were informed that La Vie in the Sky in Cebu will release skylanterns to bring wishes to Sto. Niño de Cebu: see here https://www.facebook.com/Lavieinthesky/posts/521286408380896
THIS MUST BE STOPPED
The Living Laudato Si Philippines (https://www.facebook.com/livinglaudatosiph/) movement is calling for the stoppage of this culture of waste. Pope Francis said: "In the face of a culture of waste with an ideology of money, I believe that the great sickness is the sclerosis of the heart." (Address to Caritas Internationalis, Nov. 18, 2016)
PRITITIIIIIT! 🎉🎊 SINULOG IS AROUND THE CORNER!
Come and experience a Sinulog Lantern Festival as hundreds of floating lanterns with handwritten wishes to Santo Niño illuminate Cebu!
This celebration will light up Cebu City on Saturday, January 19, 2019. It will run from 8pm until 11pm. Bring the family along for one truly spectacular event to honor Sto. Niño at La Vie in the Sky!
You don’t want to miss this one-time event. Tag your friends and family now!
Make sure to like our page and Instagram @lavieinthesky on updates for when tickets go on sale.
Why is this important?
"I would like us all to make a serious commitment to respect and protect creation, to be attentive to every person, to counter the culture of waste and disposable, to promote a culture of solidarity and of encounter. Thank you." - Pope Francis. General Audience June 5th, 2013
"This same “use and throw away” logic generates so much waste, because of the disordered desire to consume more than what is really necessary." - Pope Francis (Laudato Si, 123)
This activity is INTENTIONAL VIOLATION of Republic Act 9003 - mismanagement and improper segregation of waste. Likewise, of the fisheries code and wildlife act, among others.
1. What goes up must come down, and farmers in particular have become increasingly concerned that livestock might swallow a lantern's wire or bamboo frame, or, even worse, that fires might break out in hay barns. Elsewhere, coastguards say lanterns, which can travel for several kilometres and to an altitude of 1,000m before the candle burns out, are routinely mistaken for distress flares. A handful of east Asian countries, such as Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand, have already introduced bans, particularly in the lead up to major festivals. (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/feb/02/sky-lanterns-danger-farm-animals)
2. Countries like Argentina, Austria, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Spain, Germany, and parts of Canada and the USA have actually already banned the release of sky lanterns. (http://www.wheninmanila.com/why-we-should-not-release-balloons-skylanterns/).
3. However, the worst part of the fallout from the activity is the impact on local fauna. Reports of animals dying painfully, typically strangled by old lanterns' wires or suffocated by undecomposed paper, are frequent during this time of year. Some visitors are no doubt already aware of this, particularly following the high-profile death of an owl in the U.K. a few years ago. The bird was found suffocated and partly burnt inside the remains of a lantern... Humans are also at risk. The light emitted by lanterns sent en masse at night has been proven to be disruptive to aircraft pilots. As such, some countries like Malaysia have banned the use of sky lanterns in and around certain cities in order to prevent fatal accidents. (http://www.chinapost.com.tw/editorial/taiwan-issues/2017/02/10/491229/pingxis-sky.htm)
4. Though they are undoubtedly beautiful, even the biodegradable lanterns can be incredibly harmful to both the environment and wildlife. Sky lantern litter takes quite some time to decompose, and the wire frames have been known to strangle and maim wild animals and livestock. They also pose a significant fire hazard. Not only have they caused multiple wildfires, a sky lantern was also responsible for a massive fire at the Smethwick Recycling Plant in West Midlands, England. (http://earth911.com/living-well-being/events-entertainement/environmental-impact-traditions/)
5. With Save Philippine Seas, know more about the ills and harms of sky lantern releases here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/savephilippineseas/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1318238384932367
How it will be delivered
With enough signatures we plan to talk to the organizers of the event to convince them that it is not necessary to do an event so harmful and wasteful. We propose a zero impact alternative such as a green collective meditation event, growing trees, coastal clean-ups, among others. Alternatively, to ensure proper waste management and safety, lanterns can be tied by strings and held by the participants to 'hold on to their wishes' and make them come true.