girl scouts http://michiganradio.org en Local girl scouts take aim at palm oil in cookies http://michiganradio.org/post/local-girl-scouts-take-aim-palm-oil-cookies <p>To make way for palm oil plantations in countries like Indonesia and Malaysia, forests are slashed and burned.</p><p>By clear-cutting these forests, foreign governments and companies can ruin the habitat for animals like Sumatran tigers, Asian elephants, and orangutans.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110712/BUSINESS06/107120397/2-metro-Girl-Scouts-take-action-against-palm-oil-cookies?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Detroit Free Press</a> has a story about two local girl scouts who are hoping to get palm oil out of their Girl Scout cookies.</p><p>From the Freep:</p><blockquote><p>The Girl Scouts don&#39;t have a badge for &quot;Demanding the Organization Stop Using Palm Oil in its Iconic Cookies and Causing a National Brouhaha.&quot;</p><p>If the organization did, Rhiannon Tomtishen, 15, of Ann Arbor and Madison Vorva, 16, of Plymouth would have them sewn on their vest or sash.</p><p>A 2007 project about orangutans for a Girl Scout Bronze Award has snowballed into a nationwide campaign to remove palm oil from Thin Mints and the rest of the cookie lineup. When the girls learned that Indonesian and Malaysian plantations destroy the rain forests these great apes call home to grow the ingredient, they did what the Girl Scouts<span style="text-decoration: underline;"> </span>taught them to do -- take action.</p></blockquote><p>The Free Press reports that teens met with national leaders in the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. to raise their concerns and they hope to have a follow call with the leaders next month. Tue, 12 Jul 2011 16:54:16 +0000 Mark Brush 3264 at http://michiganradio.org Local girl scouts take aim at palm oil in cookies Michigan girl scouts take on saving endangered species in Asia http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-girl-scouts-take-saving-endangered-species-asia <p><a href="http://www.saveorangutan.bravehost.com/">Two Ann Arbor teens</a> are trying to save Orangutans on the other side of the globe from becoming extinct. Orangutans have become an endangered species because of poaching and the <a href="http://www.ran.org/">rainforests they live</a> in are being destroyed.</p><p>15-year olds Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva became friends 4 years ago through Girl Scouts. Tomtishen says it their mission started when they decided to work together to earn a bronze award.</p> Tue, 15 Mar 2011 13:55:58 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1655 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan girl scouts take on saving endangered species in Asia