The palm oil in Girl Scouts’ cookies causes rainforest deforestation, endangers thousands of species, and contributes to human rights abuses. That’s why we, two Senior Girl Scouts from Michigan, started a campaign asking the Girl Scouts USA to eliminate unsustainable palm oil from all of their cookies.
We originally learned about palm oil five years ago while earning our Girl Scouts Bronze Award, which honors scouts for raising awareness about an important issue. Inspired by Dr. Jane Goodall’s work with chimpanzees, we decided to advocate for another great ape, the orangutan, which lives in the rainforests that palm oil plantations regularly destroy. We even started an online petition asking Girl Scouts USA to make their cookies rainforest-safe—nearly 70,000 people signed.
When Girl Scouts USA recently announced their new palm oil policy, we were really excited. But this new policy just doesn’t do enough to protect the rainforest and endangered orangutans. Even though Girl Scouts promised to buy “GreenPalm certificates” (to offset their current palm oil use) and phase in certified sustainable palm oil in the next three years, the only way for Girl Scouts USA to be truly rainforest-safe is to ensure that the palm oil they buy is not being grown by a company that is clearing rainforest to produce palm oil.
Despite the fact that nearly 70,000 people signed our original petition, Girl Scouts USA says that consumers just don’t care about palm oil. Let’s show them that they are wrong.
We are running this campaign because we believe in the Girl Scout organization and its mission statement. We want to ensure that Girl Scout cookies reflect the values we learned in our years of service. Please sign our petition, and show Girl Scouts USA you care about palm oil. Girl Scout cookies should be rainforest safe.
To learn more about this issue, check out our website: projectorangs.org.
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