About Project O.R.A.N.G.S

Welcome to our blog for Project O.R.A.N.G.S. ( Orangutans Really Appreciate And Need Girl Scouts) We have been working to save the orangutans for over 3 years. Our new goal is to remove all palm oil from all Girl Scout Cookies across the U.S.A.; because palm oil is grown on what used to be rainforest land but has been cleared for palm oil plantations. This means that orangutans and many other endangered animals lose their habitat.

We have some projects going to show the Girl Scouts that people care about this important issue and would like to see it resolved. Some of the projects we have planned are a letter writing campaign, a petition and a boycott suggesting the Girl Scout Council uses a healthier and more environmentally friendly oil like canola oil or sunflower oil. We will continue posting more information and ways to help.  

We have been in contact with the National Girl Scout Headquarters and have been trying to talk with them.  We had a brief conference call with them in late September and haven’t had much contact with them since. We are really hoping that they will give us a chance to present to them and listen to our cause so the Girl Scouts, a great organization can become even better.

We have met with our Regional Girl Scouts and representatives from Little Brownie Bakers (one of the cookie’s bakers) and we will hopefully be meeting with them again soon!

We will be posting updates and more information about our projects!!! If you would like to contact us please email us at saveorangutans137@hotmail.com

You can also check out our general website: www.saveorangutan.bravehost.com

Thanks so much for the support!

– Madi and Rhiannon


13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. David Rosenstein  |  April 16, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    I am so proud of the incredible work that Madi and Rhiannon have been doing around this important issue.

  • 2. Valerie  |  August 19, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    As pointed out by Madi and Rhiannon, there are alternatives to palm oil that will not harm wildlife. It’s easy to change to another form of oil–pass the word and join the girls in their fight to save orangs!

  • 3. Janet  |  August 19, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Any of the cookies that cannot be made without palm oil should just be discontinued. What is it about that, that is so hard to understand. How can cookies be more important than living beings?

  • 4. Haley  |  September 9, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Great work, you two! 🙂


  • 5. orangutan lover  |  January 4, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    I really appreciate your efforts to save the orang utans..and i agree with you that there are other alternatives to palm oil. So i don’t see any justice in putting the orangutans’ lives at stake just for the expansion of oil palm plantations 😦 😦 It’s really depressing to listen to the sad stories of how these cute and adorable animals are affected by man’s greed..
    On a seperate note, I really admire the compassion of Madi and Rhiannon to save the orangutans. Hats off to the two of you!
    May God Bless You always

  • 6. Julie  |  January 8, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    I’m very proud of you girls! I’m a troop leader for my daughter’s troop. Last year we (my daughter and I) made the palm oil discovery on our own. She chose to no longer sell the cookies. I think it’s great how you two are handling this issue. I agree that the GS need to do more – ie. remove palm oil completely from the cookies. There is no reason to keep it in the cookies, there are alternatives – though they may cost a little more and cut into profit margins. The GS need to decide if they really are as “green” as they claim to be or if it’s more important to make a buck. I have my answer. You girls stick to your convictions, you’re doing the right thing!

  • 7. PatinMA  |  February 28, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    I saw in FaceBook that you have a petition being signed to ban palm oil in Girl Scout cookies. Where can I get the petition to sgn and share with my friends??? ….thanx, Pat

  • 8. anonymous  |  February 23, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Hi girls,

    While your efforts are very admirable, and I applaud them and your determination; Little Brownie Bakers does address the use of palm oil, on their site. I think it’s worth looking over, if you (anyone) have not seen it. And if the Little Brownie Bakers company is on the up-and-up, perhaps you could give them a little credit?

    Of course, if the claims of Little Brownie Bakers is nothing but a smoke-screen; then please, by all means, keep trying for changes.

    p.s. to find Litle Brownie Bakers explanation of palm oil usage, on their site, go to http://www.littlebrownie.com/common/contact_form.html# and search for “palm oil”. Unfortunately, the search result is not cut-and-paste-able.

  • 9. Ranjeet Tate  |  March 12, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Madison and Rhiannon,

    I heard your interview on NPR this afternoon. Great investigation and great action.

    One of you stated that you don’t want the Girl Scouts or the organization to boycott the cookies because they have to have some way to raise money for trips and activities.

    I will be more than happy to just donate money if asked for it, but I don’t want to buy or eat commercial cookies or in any other way add to consumerism. The idea of raising money through selling more stuff is not very green or eco-friendly and may be a larger point you want to raise with the Girl Scouts.

    Do a test, perhaps as a science project: set up and run an experiment to compare the net amounts of money raised by 1) the traditional sell-some-junk-to-raise-cash route or 2) an alternate “we don’t want to sell you anything your donation will help us with the following activities… and here are a couple of home-made cookies as a token of appreciation” route.

    Finally, as a feminist and as the father of two daughters, I have to ask, “Why don’t the Boy Scouts have to sell cookies to raise money?”

  • 10. Patrick and Nancy, Grand Parents  |  May 24, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    We will NOT be buying trans fat cookies or baked goods of ANY kind that contain PALM OIL, that promote child slavery, conflict, prostitution, and the eradication of RAIN FOREST and the extermination of thousands of species of plants and animals!

    Parents and grand parents everywhere support the Girl Scouts, but, will NOT help the proliferation of heart disease through Trans Fat free Palm Oil, which raises cholesterol!

    GSA Corporate officers, we hold YOU responsible!

    We also abhor the use of Cocao from conflict zones, where slave labor is employed by growers/harvestors!

  • 11. Otis Bryon  |  May 30, 2011 at 4:37 am

    Hi there, You’ve done an incredible job. I will definitely digg it and personally recommend to my friends. I am confident they’ll be benefited from this site.

  • 12. The Rev. Andrea Maier  |  July 4, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Stay strong! Very proud of you!

  • 13. Michael  |  January 22, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I work with Orangutans in a zoo every day. I printed your picture and showed it to them. A symbolic gesture of course but I wanted to show them a photo of someone they never even met who is working to help save their species. Congratulations girls, and we are all so very proud of you @orangutan_MMF (twitter).


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