Dr. Seuss wrote The Lorax the same year that Greenpeace was formed. His message, cleverly told with rhymes and silly words, forewarned my generation of the consequences of overusing resources. I wish I could say we have learned from The Lorax and saved all the Truffula trees, but old growth forests are still being logged. In fact, Kleenex brand tissues logs old growth forests, including the Boreal Forest, in order that its customers can blow their nose. Remember hankerchiefs? My dad always had one in his pocket ready for our childhood runny noses. They are softer than tissues, and old growth forests do not need to be logged in their production. Of course, alternatives to Kleenex, such as Seventh Generation Tissues, exist.
Dr. Seuss does leave us hope that we have the power to correct the environmental problems humans have created. With the last Truffula seed, “Plant a new Truffula. Treat it with care. Give it clean water. And feed it fresh air. Grow a forest. Protect it from axes that hack. Then the Lorax and all of his friends may come back.” You can download the audiobook of The Lorax, as well as The Cat in the Hat – 50th Birthday – Download It Now at iTunes. Your child can play the Save the Trees Lorax game by clicking here. Even better than playing computer games, plant seeds and trees with your child. It is fun to watch them grow with your child. The redwood we planted when my daughter was four years old is definitely outgrowing her!