Since I read a story to my son every night, I’ve gotten to know Dr. Seuss books pretty well. While most of the stories are too long for a 15-month old to sit still through, he sat as we read the entire book The Lorax. I like to think it was my hilarious Lorax voice that kept him intrigued, but interestingly, it was also me who was intrigued as I finished the book and wanted to go out and plant trees.
Pessimistically, I don’t think the world of bottled air and bare forests is unimaginable to exist over the course of my, or the very least my son’s, lifetime. I grew up with very very casual rules around recycling generally including the motto that if it was inconvenient we don’t do it. I now have recycling that I put out every week, but I’m still very lazy about it. I throw out things that should be recycled out of ease, I depise sorting the recycling into the prescribed categories and I broke my ankle taking it out to the curb. Maybe that was karma’s way of telling me to stop whining about it. If nothing else, recycling is a very refined thing to do.
If you’re not into reading the book, there’s a 30 minute video of the cartoon Lorax from 1972 – which looks eerily like the vintage Grinch cartoon- which will still share the message about saving the planet and bettering the world you live in. Throwing garbage into the landfills is as trashy as it gets. (Literally!)