Thursday, March 25, 2010

Across the USA and Beyond, Girl Scouts are Green

There is an abundance of environmental news stories today involving Girl Scout Troops from all over the country and beyond. In Jessup, IA, The Citizen Herald reports that Girl Scouts from Troop 336, along with their leader Jennifer Kimmerle and other leaders, attended the Jesup City Council meeting on March 8. The girls gave a brief presentation to the council about Earth Day and the importance to reduce, reuse and recycle. They then asked the council for monetary assistance with an Earth Day Poster contest - which they will get. The contest will involve approximately 550 students in the Jesup area and winners of the contest will receive trees to be planted as prizes.

In New Jersey, The Courrier Post is reporting that Medford Township is one of 6,000 cities in 115 countries where lights will go out for one hour Saturday as millions of people around the world participate in Earth Hour - a call to action on climate change. Medford Girl Scouts are among the individuals, businesses, governments and communities participating in Earth Hour on Saturday March 27. Lights will go out on some of the most recognized landmarks on the planet, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Mt. Rushmore and the Empire State Building and at major landmarks in Toronto, Taipei, London, Bangkok and Cape Town. Across the ocean, Girl Scouts of the Phillipines are also participating in Earth Hour! Read about it in the Manilla Bulletin. The Philippines has much reason to be proud of taking part in this event. Last year, the country ranked #1 in terms of scope of public participation, with over 10 million Filipinos in 647 cities and towns participating. This has resulted to at least 611 MWh in energy savings in just one hour.

In Maryland, The Gazette is reporting that on March 18, Girl Scouts received lessons in water conservation. At Thomas G. Pullen School in Landover, Girl Scouts from Troops based at Pullen and at Lake Arbor Elementary School in Mitchellville tested tap water samples from their own homes for clarity and pH balance and began sealing their own rain barrel, which traps rainwater before it becomes runoff.

Certainly no shortage of community minded Girl Scouts in The U.S.A, and in the world.