Buon giorno classe! – Good day class!
Today’s Green Bloggin’ lesson comes to you from the creator of “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,” and “The Cat in the Hat.” That’s right, boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen: Dr. Seuss! The Dr. Seuss masterpiece at the focus of our lesson today is “The Lorax.”
This story takes place in a world where everything which was once alive had been replaced by artificial replicas – plastic trees and plants, fake bees, and they even sold bottled air! Why would they do that, you ask? It all started with a creative mind, the need for income, and the chopping down of a single tree in order to use its parts to create a thneed (old school multi-purpose snuggie-like apparatus). But the unimaginable happens: a tragedy of the commons. The thneed’s creator, the Once-ler, chops and chops and chops until he can chop no more. The reason he can’t chop anymore? Well, he cut down ALL of the trees! Never once did he think about what would happen if all of the trees were gone! Sounds sort of like planet Earth, no?
Years later, a young man, on a quest to impress a girl, wants to plant a real tree! He confronts many problems in trying to do so, but it was his number one mission in life. He was just one boy, but he was determined to make a difference. Watch Universal Movies introduction clip of the 2011 movie rendition of Seuss’s “The Lorax.”
The Lorax character serves as an example for us all, and the best advice he gives states:
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. Its not.”
Yes, YOU. And you, and you, and you. So, do you care? If so, put some action along with that passion, and make a difference!
That is all for today, class. For your homework, either check out The Lorax book from the library, and read it, or rent/buy the movie, and watch it. It will be on the test! (insert sneaky teacher glare 🙂 )
Until next time, Ci Vediamo!!!
Update 23 september 2012:
Check out my The Lorax Lesson Pinterest page, dedicated to random fun Lorax goodies! Like cupcakes 🙂