Take Action: Make Girl Scout Cookies Rainforest Safe

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It’s pretty crazy to think that something as seemingly innocent as Girl Scout cookies could be contributing to rainforest destruction, the violation of Indigenous rights and the extinction of endangered species like orangutans, tigers, elephants and rhinos. Unfortunately, because Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) chooses to use rainforest destroying palm oil in a large majority of their recipes, these are the harsh realities of their supply chain.

Two Girl Scouts have been working very hard to change this, Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva. Our next step in pushing GSUSA CEO Kathy Cloninger to make the right decision for Girl Scouts and rainforests is a little nudge from thousands of people on Facebook and Twitter brought to you by Rainforest Action Network and Change.org. That’s where you come in…

1 Update Your Facebook Status

Girl Scouts on Facebook

If you are a Girl Scout, alum, troop leader or family member:

As part of the Girl Scouts family, I am disappointed to see rainforest destroying palm oil still in our cookies. Please help me convince our CEO Kathy Cloninger that Girl Scouts must do right by the world’s last rainforests. Please sign this petition today! http://ran.org/girlscoutcookies

If you are not a member of Girl Scouts, copy/paste:

Will Girl Scouts get rainforest destroying palm oil out of their cookies? Girl Scouts of the USA claims they “have little say if not no say in the recipes used by the bakers.” We don’t buy it. Sign this petition telling CEO Kathy Cloninger that the power to save rainforests is in her hands. http://ran.org/girlscoutcookies

2 Update Girl Scouts of the USA Facebook Wall

9:00am PST update: After the Girl Scouts of the USA Facebook Page was flooded this morning with comments by Girl Scouts, troop leaders, alumnae, parents and Facebook users concerned about the rainforest, Girl Scouts USA panicked and removed all the individual comments from their page. GSUSA also disabled the Facebook function that allows you to share a link on that page. Therefore, instead of commenting on the Girl Scouts of the USA Facebook Page, you can do it on the Girl Scout Cookies Facebook App page. Here’s the latest version of instructions:

If you are a Girl Scout, alum, troop leader or family member, click “Like” on the Girl Scout Cookies Facebook App page, then copy/paste:

As part of the Girl Scouts family, I am disappointed to see rainforest destroying palm oil still in our cookies. I’d like to see Girl Scout cookies be rainforest safe by our 100th anniversary!

If you are not a member of Girl Scouts, click “Like” on the Girl Scout Cookies Facebook page, then copy/paste:

Will Girl Scouts get rainforest destroying palm oil out of their cookies? Girl Scouts of the USA claims they “have little say if not no say in the recipes used by the bakers.” We don’t buy it. Sign this petition telling CEO Kathy Cloninger that the power to save rainforests is in her hands. http://ran.org/girlscoutcookies

3 Tweet @ Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts on TwitterIf you are a Girl Scout, alum, troop leader or family member:
As part of @GirlScouts, I pledge to help get #rainforest destroying #palmoil out of our cookies. http://su.pr/1WTU7i via @RAN RT!

If you are not a member of Girl Scouts:
#Rainforest destruction doesn’t belong in your cookies @GirlScouts USA. Your girls deserve better. http://su.pr/1WTU7i via @RAN RT!

***Follow Girl Scout activists Madi & Rhiannon on Twitter @GirlScoutHonor.

4 Tweet @ Celebrities

Get some celebrity spokespeople on our side!Famous Girl Scouts Alumnae

Choose 1 or 2 celebs from our list of famous Girl Scout alumnae (we recommend choosing from the top 5), then add their twitter handle to the end of the tweet below:

Example: As a @GirlScouts alum,can you help us make GS cookies #rainforest safe by RT’ing this? http://su.pr/1WTU7i @MarthaStewart @VenusesWilliams

Girl Scout Alumnae Twitter Handles

  1. Venus Williams    @ VenusesWilliams
  2. Martha Stewart    @MarthaStewart
  3. Taylor Swift    @taylorswift13
  4. Sheryl Crow    @SherylCrow
  5. Katie Couric    @katiecouric
  6. Jackie Joyner-Kersee    @JackieJoynerK
  7. Dolly Parton    @Dolly_Parton
  8. Star Jones    @StarJonesEsq
  9. Amy Sedaris    @amy_sedaris
  10. Dakota Fanning    @theDakeFanning
  11. Gloria Steinem    @GloriaSteinem
  12. Reese Witherspoon    @RealReeseW
  13. Mariah Carey    @mariahcarey
  14. Kristin Davis    @KristinDavis
  15. Carrie Fisher    @CarrieFFisher
  16. Deborah Norville    @DeborahNorville
  17. Barbara Walters    @BarbaraJWalters
  18. Danica Patrick    @DanicaPatrick
  19. Rep. Tammy Baldwin    @RepTammyBaldwin
  20. Judy Biggert    @JudyBiggert
  21. Rep. Mary Bono Mack    @MaryBonoMack
  22. Rep. Diana DeGette    @RepDianaDeGette
  23. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo    @RepAnnaEshoo
  24. Rep. Kay Granger    @RepKayGranger
  25. Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee    @JacksonLeeTX18
  26. Rep. Barbara Lee    @RepBarbaraLee
  27. Rep. Nita Lowey    @NitaLowey
  28. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy    @RepMcCarthyNY
  29. Sen. Barbara Mikulski    @SenatorBarb
  30. Sen. Susan Collins    @SenatorCollins
  31. Sen. Patty Murray    @PattyMurray
  32. Donna Christensen    @DelegateDonna
  33. Maria Bartiromo    @MariaBartiromo
  34. Abigail Breslin    @AbigailBres
  35. Laura Bush    @laurawbush
  36. Vanessa Hudgens    @VanessaHudgens
  37. Susan Lucci    @Susan_Lucci
  38. Marlo Thomas    @MarloThomas
  39. Judy Woodruff    @JudyWoodruff
  40. Holly McPeak @hmcpeak1

14 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Jayson Burke says:

    It’s almost unbelievable to think that something as seemingly innocent as Girl Scout cookies could be contributing to rainforest destruction, the violation of Indigenous rights and the extinction of endangered species like orangutans, tigers, elephants and rhinos. Unfortunately, because Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) chooses to use rainforest destroying palm oil in a large majority of their recipes, these are the harsh realities of their supply chain. Please educate yourself about palm oil, where it comes from and safe alternatives.

  2. cynthia mashburn says:

    i will now read every ingredient on girl scout cookies and confront all sellers of these cookies in front of stores and at schools with no fear until palm oil is removed. poor little girls…i can only imagine their little faces when i tell them that their cookies are killing tigers and elephants.

  3. Nancy Hubbs-Chang says:

    I went to post on the Girl Scout Cookies Facebook page (largely after I read that the comments weren’t available on the main GSUSA page) and found I couldn’t post on that Wall, either…so I posted in their Discussions page, something a bit different than the recommended text, but more personal. I think perhaps some of the reasons they shut off the capability of the page(s) were a) they were tired of what they might’ve seen as “canned” responses, and/or b) they didn’t want any dissenting opinions heard, period. Could be a), but I wouldn’t doubt b)…

  4. Brandy says:

    Please don’t direct people to what you called “the Girl Scout Cookies Facebook page” http://www.facebook.com/GirlScoutTroop2298 – that is a page for one small Girl Scouts troop, not the whole organization!

  5. Kathy Moore says:

    I am a 3rd generation Girl Scout Leader and my Junior troop includes my daughter. Our troop just voted to work on RAN and Project Orangs’ Rainforest Hero badge and to research alternatives to palm oil in the cookie formulas. It’s also of concern that Thin Mints and other varieties of GS cookies don’t meet the newly released FTC guidelines for foods that can be marketed to children since more than 15% of calories come from saturated fat! Thin Mints are the second best-selling cookie in the US so you think that GS would have some clout with the snack industry. It’s past time GSUSA took a leadership role on protecting both the environment and children’s health and required it’s bakers to use an alternative to palm oil.

  6. Ashley Schaeffer says:

    Thank you to all for sharing your thoughts with us. We couldn’t agree more.
    @Kathy, thank you for your powerful personal account. So happy to hear that your troop just voted to work on the Rainforest Hero badge! We still have plenty left but these are limited edition badges and only 300 of them total so I encourage you and your troop to try and get your application in asap once they’ve finished the curriculum: http://www.ran.org/girlscouts.

  7. Jenn Breckenridge says:

    Thanks Cynthia! Your communication will be a great opportunity to get the Scouts to write, call and convince GSUSA to make their ingredients safe for rainforests and all who live there.

  8. Jenn Breckenridge says:

    I think the GSUSA Facebook page manager was probably extremely overwhelmed with the number of messages…It takes a lot of work to respond individually to all of those posts. Also, they may not know what to say yet. My greatest hope is that Kathy Cloninger and the executive team at GSUSA are deep in planning mode for how they will make the switch to rainforest safe oil in their cookies, and how they will announce this great leap forward to the world…What an incredible thing to celebrate for their environmental theme next year coinciding with the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts. Fingers crossed!

  9. Martha says:

    Thank Big Ed, we got it fixed!

  10. Ashley S says:

    Thanks to everyone who has sent GSUSA a comment in support of removing rainforest destruction from Girl Scout cookies for next year’s 100 Year Anniversary celebration. I hope you will all consider taking part in this fun opportunity to make Girl Scout cookies rainforest safe by taking a photo with your troop! Check it out: http://understory.ran.org/2011/05/12/girl-scouts-time-to-get-behind-the-camera/

  11. Aron Primack, MD says:

    I agree that the Girl Scouts should insist on the removal of palm oil from its cookies in order to save the forests.

    But they ALSO should remove it because it is dangerous to health and shouldn’t they care about the health of all those girl scouts who eat the remainders after they sell the boxes if not the customers themselves. I fear that it is another example of profit winning over all else.

    Here is a quote from the publication “Cruel Oil” which was written for the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

    “Palm oil and human health
    Palm oil is used around the world in such foods as margarine, shortening, baked goods, and candies. Biomedical research indicates that palm oil, which is high in saturated fat and low in polyunsaturated fat, promotes heart disease. Though less harmful than partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, it is far more conducive to heart disease than such heart-protective liquid oils as olive, soy, and canola. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, World Health Organization, and other health authorities have urged reduced consumption of oils like palm oil.”

  12. Free online tv download says:

    I had no idea these animals are endangered… Oh my! I watch Animal Planet rather frequently, however I haven’t heard anything about this. Thanks so much for running your amazing campaign.

  13. MelissaCurtis says:

    Wow, I never knew there are so many scouts among the celebrities. I was so pleased when I found this out. Thanks a lot for sharing this amazing article! I downloaded and converted with my pdf editor freeware that I got on this web site http://pdfeditor.me/ It was free and very fast so now I have pdf file with your article with my personal remarks.

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