Friday, (March 2nd, 2012) was the opening day of the movie version of the incredible story of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. For those of you who are not aware of this story, let me enlighten you of the back-story…
A young boy residing in a polluted, grim world visits a strange creature called the “Once-Ler” (whose two green arms are his only features that are seen) inquiring the history behind the poor state in which the world is now. So, the Once-Ler explains to the boy that he arrived in a beautiful, cheerful world containing happy, playful fauna that spent their days romping around blissfully, but soon began to chop down “Truffula trees” in order to craft a useful invention that he thought of, insisting that his new creation is highly necessary for everybody. Soon the Once-Ler starts to make profit off of these versatile yet simple-looking inventions, contacting all his relatives to help him with his business. However, a small orange creature called the “Lorax” tries to urge the Once-Ler to cease cutting down so many Truffula trees, pleading that doing so could harm the environment, but the Once-Ler ignores him and continues to grow wealthy off of selling his invention. However, eventually the supply of Truffula trees runs out and not only is the land left in serious pollution, but the Once-Ler’s new family business goes bankrupt and the creatures that once resided within the forest must leave. After the Once-Ler has finished telling the boy his story, he provides the boy with “the last one [Truffula seed] of all,” and tells him to plant this tree and nurture it so he can grow a forest of Truffula Trees.
*Plot overview from Wiki-Pedia*
Here is the reality of this children’s book that touched the hearts of many…
Deforestation – the act of cutting down and removing all or most of the trees in a forested area
Rainforests once covered around 14% of the Earth’s surface and humans have depleted 8% percent of it already, and experts on the subject estimate that they will be consumed and forced to extinction in less than 40 years. These rain forests are cut down for many reasons, most resorting to money— greed, just like the Once-Ler.
The act of deforestation has many devastating effects on the environment, with the most dramatic being the loss of habitat for millions of species— refer to when the woodland creatures were forced to leave the land of the truffula trees because they could no longer feed on the truffula fruit. Seventy percent of global land animals make their home in the forests and cannot survive the destruction of these lands.
Deforestation also creates changes in climate, also known popularly as global warming. Forest soils are moist, but without protection from sun-blocking tree cover they quickly dry out. Trees also help perpetuate the water cycle by returning water vapor back into the atmosphere. Without trees to fill these roles, many former forest lands can quickly become barren deserts.
Deforestation is bad. It rids millions of species of animals of home and food causing death to many. It means less rain causing drastic effects upon the atmospheres water cycle. It means less air for us to breathe, less oxygen to clean the air allowing smog. It means a greater risk of global warming becoming a horrible reality for all to suffer. But it’s not too late. We can restore our rain forests, and provide a brighter future for many generations.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”