Greg Renews Calls for Sky Lantern Ban
Greg is calling for a UK-wide ban on sky lanterns.
Sir Greg told the House of Commons that the lanterns are “hazardous airborne litter that invariably lands on someone else’s property”. He is calling for government action to ban them.
The lanterns, which are often released to celebrate special occasions, look momentarily pretty in the sky but the Government is already discouraging their use because they create unwanted litter and pose a fire risk. Sir Greg is now calling on the Government to go one step further and ban their use.
Replying to Sir Greg’s call, the Leader of the House, Jacob Rees-Mogg, whilst acknowledging his own constituents had raised concerns about sky lanterns, expressed a reluctance to introduce a ban.
Sir Greg disagrees and says that a full ban is the only answer: “In Germany sky lanterns actually started a fire at a zoo which killed many exotic animals. If we do not take firmer action here in the UK it is only a matter of time until another disaster strikes.”
“I am calling for the law to be changed now because I think we need to introduce a specific ban to deal with this problem. These lanterns are potentially lethal litter.”
Knight Backs Sky Lantern Ban
East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has renewed his calls for the public to stop using Chinese Sky Lanterns and is calling for them to be banned.
Although the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is also now urging people to steer clear of using them, DEFRA is stopping short of backing an outright ban.
Sir Greg says: “Sky lanterns can harm or kill animals, either by ingestion or by starting fires. They also put farmers crops at risk of being set on fire and destroyed.”
He adds: “These lanterns all come to earth somewhere -usually on someone else’s land, and whilst they may look momentarily pretty in the sky, they soon become dangerous debris across the countryside. There are many ways to commemorate special occasions and other, better, ways to celebrate and thank our NHS workers, without creating unwanted litter or posing a fire risk – so I’m urging everyone to give sky lanterns a miss – especially now, whilst our emergency services are already stretched.”
“I am also calling for the law to be changed because I think we need to introduce a specific ban to deal with this problem. After all, these lanterns are, in reality, potentially lethal litter.”
Knight says: ‘Ban Sky Lanterns’
East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has renewed his calls for people to stop using Chinese Sky Lanterns, following the latest tragedy, this time at a German zoo, where lanterns started a blaze which destroyed premises and killed many exotic primates.
Sir Greg says: “This problem exists not just in Germany but also here. Sky lanterns can harm or kill animals, either by ingestion or by starting fires. They also put farmers crops at risk of being set alight and destroyed.
He adds: “These lanterns all land somewhere and whilst they may look momentarily pretty in the sky, they soon become potentially dangerous litter across the countryside. There are many ways to celebrate special occasions that don’t create unwanted litter or pose a fire risk – so I’m urging everyone to give sky lanterns a miss.”
The MP adds: “I am calling for the law to be examined in the new Parliament to see if we need to introduce a specific ban. After all, they are, in reality, potentially lethal litter.”
The National Farmers Union has previously said it is opposed to their continued use.