This Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax blog post is part of a sponsored blog tour with Universal. All thoughts and comments are my own.
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax has always been one of my favorite books, so I was very excited when I learned it was being turned into a movie.
I have to say as excited as the trailer makes me about the movie, it also makes me sad. The part where the girl is talking about trees and how she has never seen a real live tree is horrifying to me. It’s horrifying because we may see a time where kids have never seen a forest, what a sad world that would be!
We are cutting down our forests at an alarming rate, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that we lose 13 million hectares of forests per year.
These trees are being cut down for a number of reasons; logging, mining, oil and gas, agriculture, ranching, and more. There are many impacts deforestation will have (and in many cases, is having) but one that is often overlooked is the impact it has on animals.
One example is how the loss of rainforests has greatly impacted orangutans. The Sumatran species is now critically endangered. A lot of their habit is being lost due to palm oil production. Without the trees, orangutans can’t survive. So what does all this mean? Well as the Lorax said in the book, we must speak for the trees.
“I am the Lorax! I speak for the trees,
Which you seem to be chopping as fast as you please;
But I also speak for the brown Barbaloots,
Who frolicked and played in their Barbaloot suits,
Happily eating Truffula fruits.
Now, since you’ve chopped the trees to the ground
There’s not enough Truffula fruit to go ’round!
And my poor Barbaloots are all feeling the crummies
Because they have gas, and no food, in their tummies.”
How You Can Help The Lorax
So how can we speak for the trees and the animals that need them to survive? And how do we get the next generation involved?
- Read The Lorax book and watch The Lorax movie. After the movie, discuss the message with your kids.
- Do some fun Lorax crafts.
- Plant a tree. Let your kids choose a tree they want to plant and help find a good place to plant it.
- Avoid palm oil. Palm oil is in a lot of packaged food and is often grown in the rainforest and is responsible for a lot of deforestation.
- Eat local food. Local food grown in a sustainable way helps prevent deforestation around the world.
- Buy recycled paper products. You can also talk about starting a paper-free kitchen together.
- Recycle your paper. Get the kids involved by having them help you make recycling bins. You can get simple cardboard boxes and let them design them, or paint nicer containers, the ideas are endless.
Follow the Lessons from the Lorax Blog Tour
The blog tour started on February 20th, 2012. Here the blogs that have already put up their posts- New Green Mama, The Green Parent, Eco Child’s Play, and My Plastic-free Life. Here is the schedule for the rest of the tour, be sure to check out all the posts.
Feb 28 Groovy Green Livin
Feb 29 Mindful Momma
Mar 1 Green and Clean Mom
Mar 3 Kitchen Stewardship
Mar 4 Nature Moms
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