Palm oil production causing deforestation is a major topical issue of the moment. That’s why it’s all the more exciting to see 2 young girl scouts in the US raising awareness of the issue, and trying to promote awareness a more sustainable solution.
Rhiannon Tomishen and Madison Vorva have been campaigning against the use of palm oil in Girl Scout Cookies. At the age of 11 the girls began to take an interest in endangered orangutans and the damage palm oil plantations were having on their habitats.
Since this point they’ve been trying to raise awareness of the issue by creating campaigns. Last year they it 70,000 signatures for their campaign. This year they’re currently at over 40,000 signatures for their Change.org campaign, which is asking the Girl Scouts USA to stop using palm oil altogether in any products they sell.
Personally, we don’t feel that the removal of palm oil altogether isn’t the best option. However using sustainable palm oil is a fantastic solution, and as a result we applaud the efforts of Rhiannon and Madison wholeheartedly. We’re hoping to see more major names over the next few years announce that they’re sourcing 100% sustainable palm oil in their products. Until that point we hope more people will continue to help raise awareness of the issues caused by normal palm oil production, and instead we’d like to see sustainable palm oil plantations become the norm.