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Green is where the Heart Is for December 19, 2012

"My purpose... to go on with my heart and soul, devoting all my energies to Girl Scouts, and heart and hand with them, we will make our lives and the lives of the future girls happy, healthy and holy.” ~Juliette Gordon Low

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

The year was 1959.  Under the Christmas tree was one of my favorite toys of all time.  It was a doll dressed in a “Brownie Scout” uniform and I was thrilled.  I could hardly wait till vacation was over so I could share her during ‘show and tell’ time with the other brownies in my pack. 
The mission of this fantastic organization is to “build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.”  As a young girl I spent countless hours working on earning badges.  I learned to make fudge as I worked on my ‘cooking’ badge.  I learned to expand my artistic endeavors as I worked on my ‘artist’ badge and the list goes on.
In the spring we sold cookies and I chuckle now as I remember those cookies costing a mere 25 cents a box.  It was a very inventive way for a second grader to learn to add, multiply, and work with money.  
Twenty-two years later I volunteered as a brownie leader when my own daughter turned six.  It was a tradition to pass down but traditions must keep up with the times. 
This non-profit sells $700 million worth of cookies each year so you can imagine the heart wrenching shock when a few years ago two best friends, Madison Vorva and Rhiannon Tomtishen, set out to earn their bronze awards and realized that the ingredient ‘palm oil’ in these cookies was devastating a cause they cared about: protecting the orangutan. Madison explained, "The orangutans are endangered for three main reasons, the illegal pet trade, deforestation, and interestingly enough -- palm oil. The rainforest land is cleared so palm oil plantations can be planted." 
Since this discovery and their willingness to ‘make the world a better place’ these two strong young women have pressed this cause on their own parent organization. 
Change is never easy and their fortitude has earned them not only the coveted merit badge, but also on February 8, 2012 the United Nations awarded these two 16-year-old Girl Scouts from Michigan, the first ever International Forest Heroes Award for North America. 
This prompted Girl Scouts of the USA and Kellogg’s, which produces Girl Scout cookies, to develop a plan to transition to “sustainable” palm oil by 2015.
Kellogg’s also pledged to reduce palm oil use across its entire product line. This may be a good first step but Tomtishen said, “We won’t stop until Girl Scout cookies are deforestation-free.  We need the Girl Scouts of the USA to hear us and commit to making a better cookie.”
When we build courage, confidence, and character into our children, we better get ready to embrace the change for a better world.  The end of the world that the Mayans predicted for December of this year may simply be that we have reached the tipping point and our children will be ushering us into a new world of choosing sustainable over disposable with a holistic view that we are all connected on this beautiful big planet.
You are not alone and your seemingly small decisions today will affect future generations to come.  Make those choices consciously.  Holly McKee would.  Happy New Year!   xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui.
She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology.
Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.PersonPlace.com  FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.