February 22nd is World Thinking Day, a day celebrated by Girl Scouts and Girl Guides across the globe. In support of Project ORANGS, Ms. Jan McAlpine, Director of the United Nations Forum on Forests, made the below comment.
“I’ve learned that today is World Thinking Day, an event that will be celebrated by Girl Scouts and Girl Guides worldwide. The theme for this year is “we can save our planet”, inspired by the United Nations Millennium Development Goal 7, and I was impressed by the vision of Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) in promoting this theme. I commend the Girl Scout organization for consistently recognizing the importance of environmental sustainability, and I strongly advise Girl Guides from around the world and GSUSA to produce products in alignment with the values Girl Scouting has long emphasized. GSUSA is in a unique position to show the importance of using sustainable and socially responsible sources of palm oil in Girl Scout cookies, which are known by millions of people. The production of unsustainably sourced oils is linked to grave social, environmental and economic impacts. The UNFF commends Girl Scouts Madison Vorva and Rhiannon Tomtishen for bringing this issue to all Girl Scouts attention. I would be happy to join the conversation with GSUSA, Rhiannon and Madison to find a win-win solution that works for the Girl Scouts and the people of the world.” –Jan McAlpine, Director of the United Nations Forum on Forests
The below picture is of Rhiannon, Ms. McAlpine and Madison at the United Nations. We were recognized as North American "Forest Heroes" in celebration of the UN's 2011 International Year of the Forest.