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Many are familiar with the story of The Lorax. The Dr. Suess story leaves a mark on the hearts of those who watch it. The movie adaptation follows a 12-year old boy, Ted, who is willing to go to great lengths to win over a girl. In trying to do so, he comes in contact with a little orange creature, the Lorax. In the story, the Lorax completely changes Ted’s perspective on life.
The message: We need to take responsibility for the conservation of our planet, or eventually, we will be left with nothing.
In the grand scale of the universe, our tiny blue planet is incredibly minuscule. We are a grain of sand on the massive beach of space. Yet, somehow, the Earth can provide for all of the life on this planet. Seriously, it has everything needed to sustain life. At least it did before we came along. The reason that people are starving, the reason that my kids may never see a giraffe, rhino, elephant, or a polar bear, the reason bees might die off and my kids will never know what various foods taste like, is because of us. Human greed keeps other humans from eating. The recession of the ice and the warming of the Earth is why polar bears are fighting for life. The list goes on and on, and every bullet point has one commonality: humans. The destruction of our planet is so horrible, and it is so terrifying, that no one wants to take responsibility for it. It’s like when we lie to our parents or our superiors. We fear the consequences that will shortly follow taking responsibility for our actions. Instead, we should fear the consequences from not taking responsibility.