Focusing On The Conservation of Ecosystems, Habitats & Wildlife

Girl Scouts Working On Replacing Palm Oil Ingredient In Their Cookies

Since 1917, Girl scouts have been selling their cookies and all 16 varieties of the cookies contain palm oil.

During a two-hour meeting last Tuesday morning at Girl Scouts of the USA headquarters in New York City, scout officials agreed to research palm oil to determine if they can get more of the ingredient from rain forests that haven’t been cleared for palm oil plantations, or if they can replace it with something else.

Palm oil has been used for centuries as cooking oil and it has integrated itself seamlessly into our lives. Common products like soap, detergent as well as processed food like chocolate and cereal include palm oil. In fact about 50% of the products we use contain palm oil [Source: Rainforest Action Network]. It’s low price and high saturation point make it attractive to food processing companies as well as oil companies. This increased demand for palm oil is leading to increased deforestation in already threatened areas like Brazil, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Palm Oil -- A Rainforest's Most Deadly Commodity

Palm oil has been a rainforest’s greatest enemy next to lumber companies, but there is hope for sustainable palm oil. The creation of the RSPO (Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil) as well as Brazil’s new plan for sustainable oil are all steps in the right direction. The only problem is to find a way to stop the damage in Indonesia and Malaysia.

Plant A Tree In The Rainforest — Free!

Posted by Guest Blogger Lynn Hasselberger – I Count For My Earth!

Once upon a time, 14% of the earth’s land surface was covered in rainforests.

  • Today, a mere 6% of the earth’s land surface is covered in rainforests.

  • In Brazil alone, one and a half acres of rainforest are lost every second!

  • 2.47 acres of rainforest may contain over 750 types of trees and 1500 species of plants, yet we’re losing 137 plant, animal and insect species every single day due to deforestation. That equates to 50,000 species a year!

  • 25% of Western pharmaceuticals are derived from rainforest ingredients.

  • Less than 1% of rain forest trees and plants have been tested by scientists–the cure for cancer could be waiting to be discovered.

  • Some scientists call the rain forests the “lungs of the earth.”

  • One tree can remove 50 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year!

You can make a difference with the Plant 10,000 Trees campaign.

For absolutely no cost (other than a few clicks on the keyboard), you can plant a tropical tree. Just enter your name and email address at A tree will be planted on your behalf in a protected area of the Brazil rainforest that desperately needs new trees.

The fact that 2011 has been declared The International Year of Forests by the United Nations makes your participation even more meaningful.

Look who’s already planted a tree with Plant 10,000 Trees!

Be next to plant a tree…  you could win something!

When you plant a tree with Plant 10,000 Trees,  you’ll automatically be entered in a contest for a chance to win natural products from companies like Kiehls, myEARTH360, Rare Elements and others that support the campaign.

The rainforests win either way. Your participation will help to rebuild vast areas of the Atlantic Forest that have been destroyed through logging, oil drilling, and deforestation. 10,000 trees amount to over a million square feet of healthy new rainforest!

More about Plant 10,000 Trees.

Rain Tees and Living Green Magazine have partnered together, hoping to create change and inspire others to do more than read or be part of the deforestation statistics. With your entry into the Plant 10,000 Trees contest, you will instantly plant a tree in the Atlantic Forest region through the Trees for the Future organization and help restore the phenomenal ecosystem that is slipping away from us every second. With every entry, together we can plant 10,000 trees (or more!) and create our own change!

“read more on the I Count for myEARTH blog”.


“Tree Monitors” In Madagascar – Saving The Baobab Forests

According to Georgina Kenyon, who has been writing about science and conservation for over ten years – online, print and for NGOs and a UN agency –

“Madagascar NGO Madagasikara Voakajy (MV) and Fauna & Flora International (FFI) are working with Malagasy ‘tree monitors’ to protect the endangered Grandidier’s baobab in the western Menabe region, in a project funded by the Global Trees Campaign.”

Revolutionary Moment To Conserve Forests

GOOD NEWS!  Singapore-listed Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) today announced a new forest conservation policy intended to ensure its palm oil operations have less impact on forests and will be working with the Indonesian government and green groups to build a “sustainable palm oil industry” in Indonesia.

With an annual revenue of US$2.3 billion, GAR is the largest palm oil producer in the world’s leading palm oil-producing country.

International Year of The Forest – 2011

The year 2011 was declared the International Year of Forests by the United Nations[1] to raise awareness and strengthen the sustainable forest management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests for the benefit of current and future generations.

We are losing the world’s tropical rainforest at an alarming rate, with major repercussions for the entire planet.

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, an estimated 13 million hectares of the world’s forests are lost every year, mainly as a result of converting forest land to other uses. At least 1.6 billion people directly depend on forests for their livelihoods, the majority of them poor inhabitants of areas next to forests; while an estimated 60 million people, mainly members of indigenous and local communities, live in forests.

SAVE The Rainforest Because It Can SAVE You!

Believe it or not, in the last 40 years, we (as a whole) have managed to destroy 70% of the Ancient Forests!

Here is a Map of The Rainforests Of The World

Map found at

Watch “Save Rainforests Save Lives” which reminds us that the rainforests are our best hope for finding cures for cancer, AIDs and other life-threatening diseases.

What Medicines Do The Forests Provide?

It is astonishing to think that of all the drugs we consume today most of the common ones are derived from the rainforests, even more astonishing is that only a small amount of the total number of plants have been screened for medical use. The following is a list of drugs that the plants have provided a basis for : the contraceptive pill, antibiotics, tranquillisers, dental cement, heart and ulcer drugs. In fact one in four products from the chemist contain chemical compounds derived from rainforest plants. 70% of anti cancer plants originate from the rainforests and the US National Cancer Institute identified 3,000 plants with properties in fighting cancer.

From 1960-1990, the survival rate for child leukaemia rose from 20% to 80% when ‘The Rosy Periwinkle’ plant from Madagascar played a major contribution in fighting this form of cancer. The Cinchona tree from Peru has been effective in treating malaria; the Guatemalan wild yam is a major contribution to the effectiveness of the contraceptive pill; Resperine from South East Asia, from the shrub Rauwlfia Serpentina is used for treating hypertension. Cement used in dentistry comes from the balsams of Latin America. And the ‘Benzoin Tree’ of Malaysia produces a yellow substance that is used for antiseptic and to treat bronchitis. This is the Earth’s own medicine cabinet with many more cures for illnesses hidden within the forests.

With the pharmaceutical companies making billions of pounds and dollars each year, it seems that it is in their interest that the forests no longer survive, but the forests provided the basis for all of man’s drugs and we should start preserving them now.

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