• Petitioned Kathy Cloninger

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CEO, Girl Scouts USA
Kathy Cloninger

Make Girl Scout Cookies Rainforest-Safe

    1. Petition by

      Rainforest Action Network

Two courageous Girl Scouts, Madison Vorva and Rhiannon Tomtishen, are asking for your help in their campaign to get rainforest-destroying palm oil out of Girl Scout cookies.

Five years ago, Madi and Rhiannon were completing research for their Girl Scout Bronze Awards when they discovered a cold hard fact about the much-sought-after commodity they’d been selling each year: Girl Scout cookies — including all but one of the 17 different brands — are packed with palm oil, an ingredient that causes clearcutting of irreplaceable rainforests and threatens the survival of humankind’s closest relative, orangutans. The two sixth graders were shocked.

They wrote to Girl Scouts USA about their concerns, but got nowhere. They've taken their campaign public and enlisted the help of the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Center for Biological Diversity, Cultural Survival, Orangutan Foundation International, and RAN, but top brass at Girl Scouts USA remain unmoved.

Stand with these two courageous young activists in their battle to cut the ties that bind Girl Scouts to the mortal threats facing orangutans and the destruction of irreplaceable rainforests by signing this letter to Girl Scouts USA CEO Kathy Cloninger today!

Recent signatures


    1. Girl Scouts USA Announces Palm Oil Plan: Greenwash or Game-Changer?

      After four years of savvy campaigning by Girl Scout activists Madison Vorva and Rhiannon Tomtishen, Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) has finally acknowledged its role in rainforest destruction by releasing a commitment regarding its use of palm oil in its iconic cookies.

      Unfortunately, the statement on palm oil just released is a small step in the right direction at a time when we need leaps forward to prevent the imminent extinction of orangutans and the wholesale destruction of some of the world’s most biologically diverse and carbon rich forests.

      The bottom line remains: Girl Scouts USA cannot guarantee that the box of Thin Mints you buy doesn’t contain palm oil from rainforest destruction.

    2. Video: Girl Scouts attacked for their use of palm oil in cookies

    3. From Triple Pundit: "Are Girl Scout Cookies Biodiversity Killers and Censorship Monsters?"

    4. Granddaughter of Girl Scout cookies' inventor explains why her grandmother would be disappointed today

    5. Wall Street Journal covers Madison and Rhiannon's campaign

    6. Why the Inventor of Girl Scout Cookies Would Be Ashamed Today

      Ethel Jennings Newton invented Girl Scout cookies in 1934. She was a tall and elegant woman who believed her highest calling was to make the world a better place. She was also my grandmother.
      Knowing my grandmother, whom we called "Angel," I can say...

    7. Madison and Rhiannon are making a New York media tour with their campaign this week!

    8. Time magazine covers Madison and Rhiannon's campaign

    9. Have a minute? Join the Rainforest Action Network in uploading a photo to their site to send to the Girl Scouts:

    10. HuffPo covers Girl Scouts' censorship of our palm oil comments

    11. Great article from local CBS station WYTX covering Madison and Rhiannon:

    12. Josie Carothers, whose grandmother invented Girl Scout cookies, leaving a comment on the Girl Scouts Facebook wall last week:

      "I am the granddaughter of the inventor of Girl Scout cookies. She was Ethel Jennings Newton. She cared deeply about the fate of societies around the world. As her granddaughter, I am asking the Girl Scouts to urge the Roundtable to refuse to buy palm oil from sources which are taking land from local people without their consent, and which are clearing forests to set up plantations. Roundtable members are accelerating climate change by these practices. My grandmother would be ashamed."

    13. Time magazine covers this campaign! The Girl Scouts are still claiming "their hands are tied":

    14. Eater covers this campaign!

    15. Good magazine covers this campaign and this week's social media day:

      "Girl Scout cookies seem innocent enough. Besides the sugar and calories, what harm could they possibly cause? Quite a bit it turns out."

    16. Mongabay, a major site for forest-related news, covers the social media day yesterday and the Girl Scouts' response:

    17. Thanks to Seventeen Magazine editor @AnnShoket for tweeting about this campaign!

      "@GirlScoutHonor you're doing amazing work, Madi & Rhiannon! Fun fact: when I was a Brownie & sold cookies they were $1.50 a box!"

    18. Girl Scouts USA Censors Comments on Rainforest-Killing Palm Oil

      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...

    19. Leave a comment on the Girl Scout Cookies Facebook page! "Like" the page, then express your concerns about palm oil.

    20. TODAY: Join and Rainforest Action Network in a social media push to pressure the Girl Scouts. Facebook and tweet! See directions here:

    21. Will Michelle Obama turn on the pressure to make Girl Scout cookies rainforest-safe?

    22. Great article: "Child Labor, Orangutans and Thin Mints"

    23. Ask Michelle Obama, the Girl Scouts' honorary president, to demand rainforest-safe cookies

    24. This Earth Day weekend, help get rainforest-destroying palm oil out of Girl Scout cookies

    25. The problem with palm oil, according to Rainforest Action Network


    Reasons for signing

    • Ruth Serra CLEARWATER, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      Girl Scouts should speak for the voiceless ones and tell the world that they will not contribute to animal and the environment abuse!!

    • Deb Duxbury ARIZONA CITY, AZ
      • over 2 years ago
      • over 2 years ago

      It is very important to change the recipe to using something other than Palm Oil. There are many erroneous claims that palm oil is good for the environment, sustainable and a good source for bio-fuels. What is unknown, is that companies are not always doing this sustainably... and one thing is certain... forests must be cut down to support it. This means the Orangutan faces extinction.

      Orangutans are so close to humans...they even have to be medically treated as a human when they are injured... give these creatures a fighting chance to survive...PLEASE!!

    • mary-catherine turton DECATUR, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      Use RSPO approved palm oil in greater amounts to ensure that the wildlife is saved. It could be too late for the sumatran orangs -such shame for our generation. Be an example to big business and my granddaughter.

    • Mario Aldovini MODENA, ITALY
      • over 2 years ago

      I quite agree with Martha, who wrote: "I remember one of the things I learned as a scout and later as a leader, leave a place better than you found it. This seems to apply here. If you can't make a cookie and not do harm then don't do it!"


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