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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Unless.

  On March 2, 1904 a man was born who would change children's literature forever. In what most see as books of silly rhymes and pictures comes a message much deeper. When I was a kid I could recite 'The Cat in the Hat' from memory. I loved 'Green Eggs and Ham', 'One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish'. Every kid hears these stories, knows the pictures. We've seen the TV movies, and watched the holiday specials. It wasn't until much older that I realized what a treasure Dr. Seuss really is. (I say is because his legacy, and charm forever lives on) Instead of just writing a book, he wrote stories with a deep meaning. He covered issues that some didn't know we had. He taught us that loving who we are is a good thing. That Christmas wasn't about what comes from a store. We learned that reading can take us on new journeys, and that we should try new things because we might like them! We learned to count, and to see the differences in things. We learned to accept all people, no matter how small. We learned to believe in ourselves, and that we really could do anything.
  Now I'm not sure about you but these were all things I never noticed as a kid. I didn't realize that the books I loved so much were teaching me things I didn't understand. The lessons I've learned from Dr. Seuss are invaluable. I love all of his books, but there is one that I really want to talk about today. 
 You'll have to forgive me because I'm going to get a little bit crunchy on you all... and you know that's not my favorite thing...
  The Lorax was published in 1971 when climate change wasn't getting the attention it is finally getting today. In fact it wasn't really a thought in most human beings mind. In The Lorax a man named the Onceler tells a story to a boy about what happened to all the trees. They were cut down my a factory, which led to the air being polluted, the animals leaving, and the land being unusable. The Onceler tells us this all could have been prevented because a creature named the Lorax was trying to save the forrest, and "speak for the trees". Towards the end of the book the Lorax leaves a stone in front of the Onceler's home. The stone reads the single word 'Unless.'
 The quote says "That unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. Its not." Proving that unless we care about anything (not just our planet) nothing is going to change. This simple message is so important for so many reasons. We need to teach our children that caring is the way to seek change. We need to care for one another, and for this planet we live on. We only get one chance here, and one planet. Why wouldn't we make this the best place possible. 
  In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday I encourage you all to go pick up a copy of The Lorax. Read it to your family tonight, and if your kids are old enough talk about the AMAZING message behind it. Let's get our kids talking about positive change to their lives, and to our climate.  
The EPA has an amazing website for kids to help them understand clean energy, and climate change.   http://www3.epa.gov/climatechange/kids/


Unless.


Happy birthday Dr. Seuss!!

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