Update #2 ·

Show bees some love - Delivering your Valentine

Thank you for joining thousands of people coast-to-coast to swarm Home Depot and Lowe’s stores this week for Valentine’s Day!

We’re delivering valentines, asking Home Depot and Lowe’s to “show bees some love” by not selling bee-killing pesticides and garden plants pre-poisoned with these harmful chemicals. 

Help us create a buzz by taking this simple action!   Delivering your valentine is easy:   

  1. Find a Home Depot or Lowe’s store near you: Home Depot Store Locator: http://www.homedepot.com/StoreFinder/ Lowe’s Store Locator: http://www.homedepot.com/StoreFinder/
  2. Download, print and sign your valentine cards and letters
  3. Bring your valentine to the store and politely ask to speak to the store manager. This is what you can say:   “Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a concerned ______ (Lowe’s or Home Depot) customer. I am here today to urge you to stop selling bee-killing neonic pesticides, as well as plants pre-treated with these pesticides to protect honey bees and other pollinators essential to our food supply and the environment. I purchase garden supplies from _____ (Lowe’s or Home Depot), but I’m very disappointed to learn that many of the “bee-friendly” seedlings and plants sold to unsuspecting consumers in your stores have been pre-treated with neonics. Please pass this valentine and my concerns to your corporate headquarters.”
  4. Take a photo outside of the store holding your sign and post your photo on the campaign page and send it to [email protected]

Friends of the Earth will post all of the photos they receive on their Pinterest page to create a buzz about the week of action and to send a strong message to Home Depot and Lowe’s that people across the country want them to stop selling bee killing pesticides!   

You can also join a Home Depot “swarm” in Washington D.C., Chicago, Minneapolis, Eugene, Ore., or the Bay Area, Calif. Find out more about each of these actions.   Don’t forget to help create some bee-loving buzz on social media too! Sample Facebook posts and tweets in this helpful toolkit.   

Questions? Email [email protected] or [email protected].   

Resources:

Thanks for taking action!   

-- Melinda and Katherine for the team at Organic Consumers

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