Two 15-year-old Girl Scouts — Madison Vorva and Rhiannon Tomtishen — have been working tirelessly to protect rainforests in Indonesia. While tens of thousands of people have expressed their support for the two Scouts' work, one group surprisingly refuses to join the girls — Girl Scouts of the USA, the national Girl Scouts organization.
Yesterday, Madison and Rhiannon partnered with Rainforest Action Network and Change.org in a social media day of action. The task at hand? Push Girl Scouts' CEO, Kathy Cloninger, to eliminate rainforest-destroying palm oil from all Girl Scout cookies. More than 56,000 Change.org members had already requested that Cloninger ditch palm oil, and the social media day of action was intended to turn up the pressure....
Here's what's really at stake: Most of the world's palm oil comes from Indonesia. In order to produce palm oil, though, plantation owners oftentimes clear-cut pristine rainforest and bulldoze peatlands to plant row after row of oil palm trees. All that deforestation contributes to climate change and threatens the species that call Indonesian rainforests home, like endangered orangutans and Sumatran tigers.
Climate change, schlimate change. I need my sleeve of Do-si-dos and a tall glass of chocolate milk.