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This Halloween, Tell Lowe’s to Give Bees Treats, not Tricks!

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 it’s not just the bees. Birds, butterflies, reptiles, earthworms and soil microbes, all essential for healthy ecosystems and food production, are being harmed by neonics.

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.

So what’s up with Lowe’s?

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.

It’s time to ramp up the pressure on Lowe’s. You can help. By delivering a Halloween card or sending a letter to your local Lowe’s store. Or by joining others in a group action in New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. or San Francisco.

All the information you need, including downloadable flyers, Halloween cards and letters, and instructions for meeting up with others is right here.

If you live in New York, Philadelphia, or Washington D.C.

Here are instructions for meeting up with others who are planning to make in-person Halloween card deliveries to Lowe’s stores.

New York City:

Contact: Nicole Carty, +1-404-323-6425,
Meet-Up Time: 12 p.m., Wednesday October 29
Meet-Up Location:
Ennis Playground in Gowanus
11th Street between 2nd and 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Subway Directions
F, G to Smith-9th
R to 9th Street

Lowe's Location:
118 2nd Ave., Brooklyn NY


Contact: Hannah Jeffery, +1-804-519-5233,
Meet-up time: 12 p.m. Wednesday, October 29
Meet-up Location:
1575 N 52nd St #13
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Lowes Location:
1500 N. 50th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Washington, D.C.:

Tiffany Finck-Haynes,
Meet-up time: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 29
Meet-up location:
8308 Annapolis Rd
New Carrollton, MD 20784

Lowe’s Location:
7710 Riverdale Rd, New Carrollton, MD 20784

If you want to deliver a card, distribute flyers or send a letter to Lowe’s

No on-the-ground action in your city? Friends of the Earth has created some great downloadable materials that you can deliver or mail on your own to your local Lowe’s store. Or maybe you can get some friends together to go with you!

Download the step-by-step toolkit to take action

Download the Lowe's letter and Halloween card

Download the poster

More information from Friends of the Earth here
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