MONDAY, MAY 02, 2011
THE BLOG OF THE RAINFOREST ACTION NETWORK

Take Action: Make Girl Scout Cookies Rainforest Safe

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

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