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Get Off Their Lawn!

I’m on hold to the National Wildlife Federation. I’m cancelling my membership and getting off their mailing lists (or trying) because they have announced that they are partnering with Scotts Miracle-Gro…the primary pushers of unnecessary lawn fertilizer, which turns into runoff, which kills ponds and streams and the wildlife in them (and those are only the most obvious effects.) This is greenwashing of the most blatant kind, and the gardening-o-sphere is furious, but of course, there’s only so many gardeners in the world, and our collective outrage probably can’t compete with the kind of money Scotts has to throw at them.

…and I’m off hold, and the nice woman said she’s cancelled everything and made a note in the file as to why I’m upset. Then she apologized twice. Poor woman. She’s gonna get a lot of this today, I expect.

If you’d like to express your outrage, you can probably find the NWF on Facebook, and you can definitely find them on Twitter at @NWF. They were answering tweets until sometime last night, mostly trying to get people to take the conversation off Twitter, but have now stopped. Nevertheless, I suspect they’re reading. You can also call them at:

1-800-822-9919 ; M-F 8 a.m to 8 p.m. EST

and leave comments for them directly at   http://www.nwf.org/About/Contact-Us.aspx

(As always, if you do choose to do these things, I suggest being firm and angry but not abusive. People stop reading if you start off with “You dumb shits…” Let ‘em know you’re pissed, though.)

I’d take down my NWF certified habitat sign, but it fell over in the last hard rain anyway. Now I need a new sign that conveys “The reason we have all those butterflies is because I don’t mow this bit” without the NWF logo all over it.  Hmm. Maybe I should get a Squash’s Garden sign printed…

Originally published at Squash's Garden. You can comment here or there.

That's just insane.

Money corrupts EVERYTHING.

I guess I'm glad I have none.

Also, 'page not found'
Right. Stupid decision, meet rug. No one will notice, right?

You just gave me a new word.


Wasn't aware either, but I remember when I killed my garden pond's fish population by fertilizing the plants around it with Miracle-Gro. Poor little fish; it wasn't a big pond, and the rain-runoff poisoned them all. So I've made my comments to the NWF; hope it helps.

Edited at 2012-01-24 05:48 pm (UTC)

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Do you have an alternative suggestion? I'm disturbed by this news, but I've never been a member of NWF in the first place, and I don't believe that my comment on their Facebook page will accomplish much.

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Hmm. Maybe I should get a Squash’s Garden sign printed…

I don't have a garden, but *I'd* buy one such if I did.

I totally want a Squash Garden sign! If you made one, I'd totally give a few bucks for it, and I'm fairly sure others would too. Maybe you could use it to fundraise for a *good* environmental charity?

Avoid anything that grows antlers and starting fighting.

I'm not going to take down my NWF sign, because it's an effective legal tool to fight municipal anti-weed laws forbidding my natural areas. (really. go look it up).

However, I have cancelled my membership.

Oh, that's why I had my sign! I just need to come up with a new one...

I try to avoid supporting the fertilizer companies by owning fish. The fishtanks get siphoned, the fishpoop water goes on all my plants, everyone's happy. However, I know not everyone can afford to comfortably house giant finny poop machines.

I'm tempted to see If I can set up a aquaponic system with some of them....

A 5-10 gallon container with an aerator and a responsible population of feeder minnows should be in the reach of many plant-growers.

"Maybe I should get a Squash’s Garden sign printed…"

I think that would be a very good thing.

Well, crap.

If you have alternate habitat-garden signs to recommend (or sell) please do link them!

I am most certain that your sign will be a lot better than theirs' :)

Man, that SUCKS. How utterly disillusioning (if that's a word). :( :( :(