The Lorax and The Environmental Warning






April is Earth Month!



Who doesn’t love the Dr. Seuss classics? “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” “Horton Hears a Who,” all allow us to explore our imaginations, enjoy read aloud rhyming, and provide admirable life lessons in subtle context.  During the month of April we nationally celebrate Earth Month.  Earth day was created to make us aware of little changes we can make to save our planet in a big way.  It is a chance to celebrate all that our beautiful planet provides to us naturally.  It is a way for us to recognize how abundant the earth truly is and everything we can do to preserve it.  Dr. Seuss gives recognition to the earth and all it provides to us in his classic story “The Lorax.”   

It has been suggested that The Lorax is an environmental warning.  It was published in 1971, just as the environmental movement began to take hold.  According to CBS Local, the fable isn’t subtle, nor should it be.  Dr. Seuss describes a planet that is destroyed by the exploitation of excessive industrialization.  Greed has become a serious threat to nature.  The Lorax’s light-hearted but cautionary tale leaves readers with the message that if we do not collectively take responsibility for the stewardship of the environment, then our world will turn into the one that The Lorax left behind.  The resources of the earth are being consumed at an aggressive rate and soon they will be gone. 

Earth Month has evolved into an on-going task to preserve and sustain our earth and our natural resources.  It stresses the fact that we must encourage sustainability and finding ways to allow our beautiful earth to continue to flourish.  There are ways for us to exist within our eco-system and for us to give back to it!  Since our eco-system is home to many other creatures aside from humans, we must find a way to replenish, preserve, and sustain it without disrupting its balance.

We have a responsibility.  The Lorax leaves us with a quote, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.” Each of us has an individual duty to protect and preserve our home.  Without our earth and our eco-system, there is no life.

Let's celebrate Earth Month and learn more about the little things we can all do in our own homes that, collectively, can make a huge difference. The Ian Somerhalder Foundation provides us with ten easy tips...

  • Calculate your carbon footprint for both your home and your business!
  • Save energy and money on your heating bill by calculating your average water consumption.
  • When you find yourself feeling cold, grab a sweater and make some tea instead of turning up the heat! In fact, try lowering your furnace a few degrees at night and get cozy under the comforters!
  • Whenever you leave your home, turn off the computers and unplug them.
  • Turn off the lights, TV's and any other appliances when you aren't using them.
  • When doing the laundry, switch to cold water. Did you know that almost 90% of the energy used in the washing cycle goes to heating up the water?!
  • If you are thinking of replacing an old laundry machine, go for a front loading, high efficiency machine. These can save on water and use up to 50% less energy than the regular washing machines.
  • Folding may not be a chore people rush to do but try and fold your laundry while it is still warm from the dryer. This will help you avoid wrinkles without using up electricity from an iron.
  • Switch to low energy light bulbs and install dimmer switches to control the intensity of the bulb and how much energy you use.
  • If you live in a hotter climate, try planting a tree or shrub that shades your central air conditioner. This will help improve its efficiency by up to 10%!
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