During the last week in July, Beyond Pesticides and Defenders of Wildlife teamed up to inform your Senator and Representative of the broad movement for safer lawns and requested that they support our efforts by signing the Declaration on the Use of Toxic Lawn Chemicals.
We distributed information packets to all Senate and House Democrats, and select Republicans who scored above 50 on the League of Conservation Voters environmental scorecard. The information packets contained the letter included here in our download box, our National Declaration on the Use of Toxic Lawn Pesticides, our doorhanger, a Harvard School of Public Health press release on yet another study linking pesticides to Parkinson’s Diseases, and our new Pesticides and Playing Field factsheet.
Now we need our grassroots activists! Please take a moment to call or email your U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative and tell them that you are a member of the National Coalition for Pesticide-Free Lawns, you support the Declaration on the Use of Toxic Lawn Chemicals, and they should too by going to www.pesticidefreelawns.org and signing on. Tell them about your local efforts to create pesticide-free parks or playing fields, pass local organic land care policies, or get pesticides out of your schools.
If you choose to email, you can modify the letter below to add your signature, and here is a link to the Declaration on the Use of Toxic Lawn Chemicals. http://www.beyondpesticides.org/pesticidefreelawns/declaration/index.htm.
Lastly, let us know if you get a commitment to sign on! This is a great opportunity to raise awareness both about your concerns and efforts, and the national movement for more sustainable land care.
Thank you for your support and involvement.