A new map showing man's dominance of the planet. The area in green represents farmland, covering a much wider area than earlier thought. Map by USGS.
Sunday, 3 May 2015
A Big Garden Chain Has Stopped Selling "Neonics!" Thanks For Signing!
We’re buzzing: Lowe’s, one of the world’s biggest home and garden retailers, just announced it’s no longer going to sell bee-killing "neonic" pesticides.
There’s no way Lowe’s would have done this without you and almost a million other SumOfUs members. Together with Friends of the Earth, SumOfUs members have been pushing Lowe’s to save the bees for almost two years -- and it worked!
We’re at a critical moment in the fight to stop the mass bee die-off -- with this move, we can push other big retailers and governments to save the bees as well.
Donations and actions from SumOfUs members made this all possible. Here’s what you did to make Lowe’s save the bees:
Almost 1 million of us signed a petition to get Lowe’s to stop selling bee killing pesticides;
Tens of thousands of us took to social media to let Lowe’s know that we wanted them to save the bees;
SumOfUs members called Lowe’s stores, and visited individual locations to speak to managers about their concerns about selling neonics (the bee killing pesticides);
So many of you turned up in person for the US and Canada day of action from cities from New York to Vancouver;
SumOfUs members chipped in so beekeepers could attend Lowe’s annual shareholder meeting to speak directly with the CEO and Head of Sustainability during and after the meeting about their concerns;
And so many more phone calls, letters, meetings, and protests.
We love it! This shows just how strong people power is when it comes to creating real change.
Lowe's commitment is the real deal: in the next 4 years, it will phase out all bee-killing pesticides in shelf products and plants that it sells. We’re not going to stop here -- not with your help. Please, if you’ve got just a minute, could you do one of these three easy actions to keep the momentum up? Or bee (get it?!) a superstar, and do all three!