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TEDxRedmond - Madison Vorva and Rhiannon Tomtishen - Palm Oil and Girl Scout Cookies

As 6th graders, Madison and Rhiannon earned their Girl Scout Bronze Award by raising awareness about the endangered orangutan within their community. In 2007, they made a shocking discovery: the Girl Scout Cookies they had sold for so many years contained palm oil, an ingredient that results in rainforest destruction and loss of orangutan habitat. The two girls launched a variety of campaigns in order to convince the Girl Scout organization to remove palm oil from their cookies. Now juniors in high school, Madison and Rhiannon have worked with a number of environmental organizations on new campaigns and have shared their story through national media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal and the CBS Early Show. They are currently involved in a dialogue with the Girl Scout organization, and are working hard to ensure that Girl Scout Cookies are rainforest-safe in the near future. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations
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