Environmentalism Inspired by Dr. Seuss

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” –Dr. Seuss The Lorax

In honor of the Great Dr. Seuss’s Birthday and the opening of the movie “The Lorax” I begin my post with a quote from Dr. Seuss’s famous environmental book “The Lorax”.

Over 40 years ago this book was published, in a time when environmental activism was in the forefront and people were beginning to understand what was happening to their resources and environment. Books like “The Lorax” and, 10 years previous, Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” brings to attention the countless consequences of a careless attitude toward the environment, and it’s not pretty.

Even today, amidst the daily chaos, it’s hard to realize the environmental repercussions of your actions. With all the marketing schemes playing with the idea of sustainability and being 100% natural, but in reality not really following through, it’s hard to be a responsible consumer. I’m not saying there aren’t responsible companies out there who are making a difference, but they are not always easy to find, and are hardly convenient to the everyday consumer.

Striving to be an environmentalist myself I sometimes get disheartened. The battle of productivity vs. sustainability has been going on for a very long time. When I hear politicians talk about the environment, and what should and should not be done, it worries me in regards to the power they have to control outcomes. I know that “the people” have the power to vote, but just like the consumer has the power to decide what to buy, I feel like the process is never as easy as the idea.

Last week I stopped by Lake Michigan to watch the sunset. Even though I should, I don’t make it out to the lake as much in the winter as I do in the summer. In that moment I wondered how someone could see something as beautiful as a sunset over the water, and not have compassion for the artwork God creates. Then I thought, maybe in the closed off world that we live it today, it’s hard for people to open their eyes to the beauty, peacefulness, and mightiness of the environment.

So for the sake of all the “Truffula Trees”, “Swomee-Swans”, “Brown Bar-ba-loots”, and the “Humming-Fish” we hope there are people out there that care a whole awful lot!

This image was derived from the educational materials of http://www.seussville.com