Girl Scouts Back Away From Pledge Committing Girls to Lobby for ‘Legislation That Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions’
The Girl Scouts of the United States of America has launched a campaign called Forever Green that included an online pledge girls could sign, promising they would encourage public officials to pass emissions-reducing legislation.
But after CNSNews.com asked the organization about the political advocacy on Tuesday, the pledge was removed from the Girl Scouts’ Web site. The language should not have been so “inflammatory,” one official said.
One of the tenets of the pledge was to, “Inform my elected local, state, and federal officials about my views on environmental policies and urge them to support legislation that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and promotes energy efficiency and renewable technologies.”
A posting on a Girl Scouts website encouraged the families and friends of scouts to join in taking the pledge.
The Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) developed the campaign with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But Michelle Tompkins, a spokeswoman for the national office of the Girl Scouts of the USA, told CNSNews.com the pledge was not a case of the organization aligning itself with the Obama administration.
“The pledge shown on our Web site is just…to show girls a possible way of advocacy, and there will not be – we won’t take sides either way on this matter,” she said.