On behalf of Bee Safe Neighborhoods and Friends of the Earth, we all at ecoLogical Lawn and Tree Care urge you to deliver a card to store managers at Lowe’s Home Improvement asking to please take bee-killing pesticides and neonicotinoid-treated plants and products off of their shelves this Halloween.
It’s fun, it’s easy, and it’s an absolutely necessary cause. The Home Depot has already agreed to label all of their neonic products by the end of 2014– let’s get Lowe’s on board, too!
Below is a personal letter from Friends of the Earth:
Treat-or-treat. Tell Lowe’s to give the bees something good to eat!
Bees are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat, but they are dying at alarming rates. A growing body of science shows that neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides are a key contributor to bee declines and are harming birds, butterflies, reptiles, earthworms and soil microbes, which are essential for healthy ecosystems and food production.
But Lowe’s continues to sell neonicotinoid pesticides and plants pre-treated with them – contributing to the decline of bees.
Halloween is right around the corner, and thousands of people across the U.S. and Canada will be knocking on Lowe’s door October 29-31.
Join us: Deliver a Halloween card asking Lowe’s to give bees treats, not tricks, and take bee-killing pesticides and plants pre-treated with these harmful chemicals off their shelves.
Over a dozen retailers across the country recognize that neonics are a problem and are doing their part to start fixing it. BJ’s Wholesale Club, a store with over 200 stores in 15 states eliminated neonics from its store. Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer agreed to label all plants treated with neonics by the end of 2014 and is working with its suppliers on alternatives to protect bees. These stores demonstrate Lowe’s can make the shift!
But Lowe’s isn’t listening to clear science or its customer base. Thousands of you have signed petitions, made calls and taken action on social media asking Lowe’s to be a pollinator champion and stop selling “poisoned plants” and bee-killing pesticides.
We need your help to ramp up the pressure. Pledge to take one simple action to save bees: Deliver a Halloween card asking Lowe’s to take the bee-killers off its shelves.
Just this week, Ontario Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller said neonicotinoids are “the biggest threat to the structure and integrity of the ecosystem that I have encountered in my life, bigger than DDT.” We need to stop Lowe’s from continuing to be a “Little Shop of Horrors” housing these bee-toxic pesticides.
Delivering a card to store mangers is easy and fun. Hope you’ll be joining us this Halloween,
Tiffany Finck-Haynes and Lisa Archer
Food and technology program
Friends of the Earth U.S.
Please share this with your neighbors, family, and friends!
If you are posting on social media, be sure to include the hashtag #TreatsNoTricks