Lessons from the Lorax – a far-reaching cautionary tale from Dr. Seuss

I was sitting in the cinema this week with my wife and girls settling down to enjoy Johnny English reborn, when my attention was immediately hijacked to the trailer advertising the coming of The Lorax in 2012…in 3D no less!

Dr Seuss caused controversy after the publication of this children’s tale several decades ago (I might add that it should become required reading for all adults too). The onwards march of industry in the name of ‘progress’ was most likely a desire shared by many, if not all, back in the 60s, but I wonder whether the ‘re-discovery’ of this tale in recent times will provide us with the prophetic jolt we so urgently require?

The short commentary below is taken from Charlie Hilton’s blog post:-

The Lorax is a glorious creature, who embodies the environment and acts as the guardian of green. He is the “voice of the trees” and attempts to fight a lonesome battle against the giants of industry, the Once-ler. Overall, his message rings true to the folks here at Urban Times, as we also believe that without action, no solutions can be assembled…In the book, the arguments for and against big industry are largely simplified for younger audiences, but Dr. Seuss’ message was certainly not without controversy (in the 70s and 80s). Certain schools banned the work for attempting to put the logging industry into disrepute, and companies and government agencies were outraged with how they might be regarded after reading.”

The post is accesible at:- http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1LFnId/www.theurbn.com/2011/10/lessons-from-the-lorax/

Also well worth watching is the 17 minute narration of the story, no doubt a rather simpler production than the glorious hight-tech version we await next year! The youtube video is embedded in Charlie’s post above.

We have been warned to mind the trees…again!

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