Week of Bee Swarm Actions – News Review

The week of Bee Swarm actions Feb. 10 – 16 was remarkably successful. Half way through the week, 2 new cities pledged actions on Feb. 15th, along with the one we organized in Eugene… | See the news coverage provided by KMTR-TV (Eugene)

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Lisa Arkin led the rally with a speech about why it's so important to save bees.

Lisa Arkin led the rally with a speech about why it’s so important to save bees.

Several bee-costumed ralliers posed for the news camera.

Several bee-costumed ralliers posed for the KMTR-TV news camera.

Lane County Commissioner Pete Sorenson gave his support for the effort to protect bees.

Lane County Commissioner Pete Sorenson gave his support for the effort to protect bees. R: Hali Burley, Pacific Green Party, was interviewed as well.

Gwyneth Iredale, Beyond Toxics board member, braved the weather to show her support of the campaign.

Gwyneth Iredale, Beyond Toxics board member, braved the weather to show her support of the campaign.

The bee people sang, "All we are saying is give bees a chance."

The bee people sang, “All we are saying is give bees a chance.”

University of Oregon students, organized by NCAP, created a HUGE banner filled with valentines.

University of Oregon students, organized by NCAP, created a HUGE banner filled with valentines.

Even the wee ones got into the act, exercising their free speech rights.

Even the wee ones got into the act, exercising their right to free speech.

Lisa Arkin, Beyond Toxics executive director had this to say, “During the Show Bees Some Love! Rally over 60 people held signs and sang to Eugene’s Home Depot to express concern for bee die-offs caused by neonicotinoid pesticides. The store manager greeted us and accepted the 204,000 signatures on our petition and the hundreds of valentine cards filled out by members and supporters. He also said that Home Depot is working on a plan to protect bees by removing the most toxic products from store shelves. This is a commitment we are pleased to hear. Thank you to everyone who came out today to make a difference in creating a positive and healthy world!”

Special thanks to Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) who showed up in force and who provided a HUGE banner filled with valentines. Special thanks also to Lauren Regan of the Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC) for providing legal observer services for the event.

Unedited footage of Lisa Arkin meeting with the local store manager and presenting valentines signed by members and supporters who care about bees.

Response from Home Depot (via KMTR’s inquiry):

This is an issue that is important to us. Our environmental team is deeply engaged in understanding the relationship of the use of certain insecticides on our plants and the decline in the honey-bee population. They’ve been in communication with the EPA, insecticide industry and our suppliers for many months to understand the science and monitor the research.

That being said, we’re more than happy to provide customers with alternative products for their insecticide needs and are actively working with our nursery suppliers to find alternative insecticides for protecting live goods and the bees.