“I Speak for the Trees” -The Lorax

Of course this weekend I made it a priority to see the new movie, The Lorax.

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I have been waiting impatiently for this movie to come out for over a year since I first heard about it and let me just say, it totally ripped at my heart!  I cried twice during the movie and although it talked specifically about what I so desperately want to do for the earth, hormones may have had a play in those tears…haha.

Anyhow, for those of you haven’t seen the movie or read the book, it is a story about the Lorax, a character who speaks for the trees, “I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues” and his quest to preserve their presence for the animals who live there.

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He fights against The Once-ler, who wants to create a business selling his thneed, a multipurpose piece of fabric made from the “leaves” of the trees.  As much as the Lorax fights against The Once-ler as his company grows, the once plentiful forest is reduced to nothing, where The Once-ler is left to wallow in regret for cutting down every tree in the region.

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The movie takes a turn for the better at the end of the movie, but I’ll leave it to you to go and see how it becomes a happier ending.

As much as the movie is cute, and based off of a book by Dr. Seuss, I believe it sends a profound message about what is happening on earth.  Corporations have become so greedy and absorbed in doing only what they think is best, and destroying everything in its path.  I’m currently struggling with an issue like this in my personal life that I am sadly not at liberty to discuss, but let me just say, I feel the same pain The Lorax feel when the first tree is felled.  And then the second, and the third, and until all of them are gone.  I am constantly objecting to pristine forest areas that are so quickly being destroyed for frivolous things like…that coffee you drink in the morning.  Do you ever check to see if it’s made sustainably?

(I found this picture of NASA satellite pictures taken 34 years apart, of the earth taken during the same seasons…look at that difference.  What have we done to the green?!)

Not to be a downer in this post, but this subject resonates close to my heart.  I want your children and my own to grow up and be able to see the beautiful and untouched forests and their inhabitants as I’ve been able to hike, but at the rate we’re going, this may not be the case.

The Lorax leaves The Once-ler with one word on a rock…Unless.

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing’s going to get better. It’s not.

All I can say is, be that someone.  I’m trying my hardest; join me!

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8 Responses to “I Speak for the Trees” -The Lorax

  1. Kim says:

    My 8th grade Earth Science teacher read The Lorax to us at the end of the school year years ago… I still remember his passion about the enviornment and the way he read that book. He really made an impression on me, though I have always been sensitive about the subject.

    One of my clients, a 6-year old boy with high-functioning autism, is a big fan of the book and movie. He walks around saying, “I’m the Lorax… I speak for the trees!” He is a little genius when it comes to animals, from lizards to birds to sea creatures… I hope one day he will save the earth with his knowledge and love for the natural world. When we take walks, he carefully avoids ant hills and builds “playgrounds” out of rocks for them. He asks about endangered species and tells everyone “we have to take care of them.”

    Anyway, I loved your post and it reminded me of these two people who have made such an impression on me. Thank you for all you do for the environment.

    • Melissa says:

      That is so wonderful to hear about your client! I wish more children got outside so they could realize the beauty of the outside world and help be the voice that we need to help the environment!

  2. Biz says:

    That was one of my daughters favorite books when she was little – I still have it and may need to bring it out again! Hugs!

  3. Amy says:

    Thank you Melissa for such a wonderfully written, passionate post.
    Firstly, I can’t wait to see the movie and I’m sure there will be tears involved on this end too.
    Also, I love the message that this story sends and the beautiful quote in the last paragraph. Unless. Unless we all stand up and our voices are heard, then nothing will change for the better. Unless we all start making wiser, kinder decisions big corporations will continue to take and take and take. With no thought to the greater cost.
    Thank you friend for this reminder.

    • Melissa says:

      Thanks for the kind words about the post Amy. It’s definitely always hard for me to watch an area get cleared of those beautiful trees that has no one to speak for them and defend them.. ;)

  4. Mica says:

    One of my friends went to see “The Lorax” in 3D, and she was dismayed to find that the theater gave away plastic glasses (each wrapped in individual plastic bags) that were not reusable. (The theater will still charge you to buy a new pair again.) That seems kind of off, doesn’t it?

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