13 Feb '12, 5pm

Green Blog: Palm Oil and Scout Cookies: The Battle Drags On

Madison Vorva, left, and Rhiannon Tomtishen also took their campaign against the use of palm oil to the White House. Two high school juniors from Michigan have won the first-ever United Nations Forest Heroes Award for leading a campaign to remove palm oil from Girl Scout cookies. Inspired by the work of Jane Goodall , the British primatologist, Madison Vorva and her friend Rhiannon Tomtishen, now 16, set out a few years ago to research the charismatic and endangered orangutan. They learned that the ape, which lives only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, was losing its forest habitat as a result of the global demand for palm oil. Palm oil companies burn down the rainforest to plant fields of uniform trees. Some workers kill adult orangutans and sell the babies as pets. Those that survive often have no forest to return to. “We had to take an issue we were passionate abou...

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