February 28th, 2012

Lessons from The Lorax: 3 Ways Your Family Can Protect the Earth

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The Lorax

“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. “DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX

When my oldest son (who’s now 11) was born my mother-in-law generously gave us a stack of children’s books she had been saving from when my husband was a child. The books were in immaculate condition and included classic titles that I had also treasured during my own childhood. The Lorax was one of the books passed on to us, ready for sharing with our own children.  And that it was-over and over again.  I was determined to keep on reading it to them, with the hope that someday they would understand the important (and somewhat complex) messages in the book.

When my kids got wind that The Lorax was going to be released as a movie on March 2 (Dr. Seuss’ birthday) they were beyond excited. We wondered and discussed how Hollywood would spin an animated version of our beloved book. I was thrilled when I was contacted by Universal Studios and asked to participate in a Blog Tour (see below for the full blog tour schedule) in support of Universal Pictures ‘Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax’.

Most of us are familiar with the general story-line of The Lorax. If you need a refresher, Beth from My Plastic-Free Life shared a great summary as part of this blog tour.

With the release of The Lorax there’s no better time to talk with children about one of the many messages of The Lorax: Ways our families can help protect the earth. The good news is there are so many options for change and each will have a big environmental impact on our precious planet.  As a family I’ve found it’s important to create routine and habit around these simple changes so they become second nature.

Here are a few ideas to get your family started protecting the earth:

1.   Turn your lunch box into a waste-free zone

Did you know that Children’s lunches create more than 3.5 billion pounds of garbage each year, which amounts to a crazy 18,760 pounds of trash annually from an average sized elementary school?  We have worked hard over the years to make our children’s lunch boxes as waste-free as possible.  Instead of using single-use items in their lunch boxes try using reusables: a reusable water bottle, a reusable napkin and reusable bags for snacks instead of single serving snack bags.

2.   Celebrate Meatless Monday (or meatless any day)

Meatless Monday is a movement encouraging people to improve their health and improve the health of the planet by lowering their meat consumption. Each year the average American eats 200 pounds of meat. There are a lot of health reasons to not eat as much meat, but there are also quite a few environmental reasons to cut back on meat eating. The UN estimates the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that accelerate climate change. An estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef. There are many ways to green your Meatless Monday (or any day of the week) and all will have a positive environmental impact on the earth.

3.   Reduce, reuse and recycle

The 3 R’s still rule when it comes to protecting the earth.  Reduce by trying to use fewer resources. This is a tough one-it requires letting go of some very American concepts: the more we have or the bigger it is, the better off we are.

Reusing can go well beyond the items in your lunch box. The saying goes: “One person’s trash may be another person’s treasure.”  Encourage your children to give trash a second chance by reusing some of the garbage to make crafts out of recyclables. We live in a use-and-toss society where most of the time we don’t give a second thought to using an item once and then tossing it. If we changed that mentality and considered whether or not a product could be reused before recycling we would keep new resources from being needed and old resources from entering our overflowing landfills.

As The Lorax says:“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. “

Don’t forget to visit  Mindful Momma on February 29 for the next post in our LESSONS FROM THE LORAX Blog Tour!

Are you planning to see The Lorax? Do you have any hopes for the film?

Follow the Lessons from The Lorax Blog Tour:

2/20 New Green Mama

2/21 The Green Parent

2/22 Eco Child’s Play

2/23 The Smart Mama

2/24 My Plastic Free Life

2/27Retro Housewife Goes Green

2/28 Groovy Green Livin

2/29 Mindful Momma

3/1 Green and Clean Mom

2/2 Moms Going Green Blog

2/3   Kitchen Stewardship

2/4 Nature Moms

*Disclosure: I received compensation for being part of this blog tour. The opinions expressed in this post are my very own.

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10 Responses to “Lessons from The Lorax: 3 Ways Your Family Can Protect the Earth”

  1. I love that quote! Looks like it is going to be a great movie!

  2. We definitely plan to see the movie. We also need to add that book to our home library.

  3. If every kid took a Lesson from the Lorax and had a waste free lunch, look how far we would go! (Okay, so bringing in another Dr. Seuss book).

    Thanks for sharing three easy way families can change to follow the admonition of The Lorax – the unless we car one.

  4. I haven’t seen it yet Stephanie. I’m interested to see one of my favorite books on the big screen. Wondering if the movie will justly capture all of the wonderful messages of The Lorax. Let me know what you think.

  5. The book is a must read Marsha! Your kids are at the perfect age.

  6. Hi Jennifer-Oh the Places You’ll Go is my second favorite Dr. Seuss book. I’ve given it to countless graduates!

  7. This is a great post!! Great tips that are easy to accomplish!!

  8. Thanks Alicia!

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I’m Lori Popkewitz Alper, a recovering attorney, mom of three and the Founder of Groovy Green Livin. I hope you'll join me as I embark on a journey to live a healthy life. Along the way I might make a few pit stops to fight for issues that affect the health and safety of our families. Come along with me as I work hard to make the world a little safer for each of us. Together we'll discover that simple, small changes can lead to a healthier lifestyle and a greener planet.

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