After this weekend’s release of the reinterpreted Seuss classic ‘The Lorax’, the question of environmental responsibility has been brought to even the tiniest of household members’ minds for discussion. What did the Lorax mean, “Unless”? Although I wasn’t particularly thrilled with the adaptation of the film and it’s frequent over-the-top musical numbers, my two children were still left with a strong impression of what Seuss’ original moral in the1971 book was meant to convey; we cannot ignore negative human environmental impact out of convenience and/or greed.
This film really couldn’t have been released at a more appropriate time as the upcoming presidential election has brought about much discussion and the somehow undying “controversy” over the scientifically proven subject of global warming and issues surrounding it. It’s interesting and unfortunate to note that the recognizable impact of industrialization, deforestation, and overall pollution problems have not been adequately addressed or regulated in the 41 years that have passed since this book was published; even more upsetting that it is still a message that must be presented persuasively.
This is not to say that the world has not been making large strides in engineering, technology, and sense of urgency regarding the need to make adjustments to how we currently do things to lesson our impact on the planet. The acknowledgement of the need to focus on engineering and consumption to sustainable methods is widely accepted as necessary, and much of the world population is placing a great amount of effort into putting it into action. Green business, clean wind and solar energy, energy efficiency, sustainability, conscious consumption, and higher fuel-efficiency or all-electric transportation are all ways that people all over the world are making a difference in fighting the very real environmental problems at hand.
We very likely have or will have in the near future, the technology to stop furthering the damage we have already caused without much inconvenience; it is really just a matter of market choice, cost reduction, and adaptation. For starters, we can all use energy efficient appliances and light bulbs, recycle, turn the water off while brushing, buy electric or hybrid vehicles for our next purchase, vote for tax dollars to support clean energy production companies, and encourage our family and neighbors to do the same. As the greedy businessman the Once-ler recognizes sorrowfully at the end of the Seuss story, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing’s going to get better. It’s not.”
Did ‘The Lorax’ film inspire you to think about being more environmentally aware? What ways can people make other simple changes in their every day life to help? Share your thoughts below!