The Lorax and the legacy of Easter Island dually exhibit a meaning far beyond the colorful depictions of fictional creatures, one surpassing even the extent of the persisting statues towering above the ground. Amidst their disparities, the two tales successfully illuminate the consequences of monetary as well as personal desire and serve as warnings against pursuing a similar objective. In The Lorax and the demise of Easter Island, the horrors of environmental ignorance are thoroughly elucidated. These two societies likewise consisted of ecosystems containing a greatly thriving environment of diverse animal populations who lived dependently on the local vegetation and resources as would be expected. However, as the people of Easter Island depreciated their once teeming population of trees in order to construct the still erect monuments that have gained them substantial fame today, so too did the Once-Ler thoroughly exonerate all traces of the once abundant Truffula Trees in order to fabricate his all-purpose thneeds. Continuing with this slew of similarities as well as factually correct outcome, in both instances the once prosperous wildlife suffered at the hands of the threatening byproducts of these actions such as air pollution, water pollution, and overpopulation. Consequently, these animals such as the Brown Bar-ba-loots, Swomee-Swans, and the native land birds of Easter Island were either forced to escape in order to survive or driven to extinction. The Once-Ler in
Although Leopold’s love of great expanses of wilderness is readily apparent, his book does not cry out in defense of particular tracts of land about to go under the axe or plow, but rather deals with the minutiae, the details, of often unnoticed plants and animals, all the little things that, in our ignorance, we have left out of our managed acreages but which must be present to add up to balanced ecosystems and a sense of quality and wholeness in the landscape.
He didn't plant any Truffula Trees in place of the ones he cut down. He only had time to run his factory and make Thneeds. He kept making more Thneeds and making more money. Slowly all the animals that depended on the Truffula Trees for food, shelter, and fresh air had to move away from the barren wasteland that was once a beautiful and clean forest. The air was full of smog and the lakes were full of gook from the factory.
“Two days after we had set sail from the island of the cyclopes, a terrible storm blew my ships off course. The heavy gales swung us back and forth like a pendulum, and the waves nearly tore the ships in two. Like this we suffered for four days before we finally saw a sliver of land. We had arrived at Fídi, wooded island of the snakes. The island was immediately noticed due to the sturdy poplar and fir trees that lined its shore.
Voice for the trees Lorax and logger Truax are considered heroes in their respective stories. Despite the two characters having such opposing views on the logging industry, they have many similarities when it comes to the delivery of their message. The Lorax shares a story of a persistent creature named Lorax who is frustrated with the Truffula trees being cut down by the evil Once-Ler. In the Truax a kind, gentle logger explains the countless benefits of logging to the grouchy Guardbark protector of the trees. This essay will compare and contrast the two stories.
The story begins with the Once-ler, informing the reader of the local natural history of the now world and how it was once home to the Lorax. The Onceler discloses to us that the Lorax can speak for the trees because tress have no tongues. The Once-ler has greedily taken advantage of this natural habitat, which was once home to the Truffula Tress. The Once-ler cruelly destroyed all the Truffula Trees to merchandise “thneeds”. Pollution is evident through the deformation and pursuit of economic gain of the Once-ler. All the creatures who
For the most part, though a childrenʻs story, The Lorax is an environmentalist message targeted to urge young readers who are in time, going to determine our future, to learn from the tragic results of the Oncelerʻs actions. In the beginning of the story, the Onceler discovers the trufffula trees and begins to cut them down carelessly to make clothing, which in turn provided him money to use for his own selfish reasons. In reaction to the Oncelerʻs cruel actions, the Lorax confronts and warns the Onceler that if he continues to pollute the environment and cutting down the resources and homes of the species that live in it there will be consequences. Not caring about anything or anyone but himself, the Onceler continues to cut down the trees and use them for his own benefits, which continues to cause damage to the land and the species
In the article by Jared Diamond, many interesting theories are discussed about Easter Island’s history and decline. Diamond makes connections to the environmental challenges we face today and he compares the catastrophe of Easter Island to our current over consumption of natural resources. While this article makes for an interesting read, much of it is offered from a single perspective and little counter evidence is offered. The author writes in a way that could engage a non-academic audience who may not be interested in counter evidence, or proper referencing. The article lacks credibility due to its narrow scope and conversational diction. At the root of this discussion however, is the notion that the Rapa Nui people were
The Lorax helps the helpless by advocating for those without a voice, namely the Truffula trees, the Bar-ba-loots, the Swomee swans and the humming fish. Soon after the Once-ler cut down a Truffula tree, the upset Lorax appears and establishes his position as communicator for the trees by saying that he “speaks for the trees.” He then proceeds to berate the Once-ler for cutting down the tree just to create his Thneed, which immediately caught the attraction of many customers. After the Once-ler realizes the potential of his versatile object created from Truffula tufts, he hurriedly set up a factory and began cutting down increasing amounts of Truffula trees to provide for the increase in production. Inevitably, this began to have adverse effects on the ecosystem, and the Lorax spoke up once again, this time on behalf of the Bar-ba-loots. Previously eating Truffula fruits and happily playing under the shade, the Bar-ba-loots had now lost their food source. The Lorax
In our Change Project, we collected a sufficient amount of data and learned information on a endangered species, the Ridgway’s Rail. This environmental issue is not very well-known, which explains the lack of help and volunteering. In this service project, our Change group went to Don Edward and help improved the habit of Ridgway’s Rail. Throughout this project, we tried to spread awareness about endangered species and find ways we can enhance their surroundings. My Change group used this opportunity to not only help prevent the extinction of Ridgway’s Rails, but also to help other species that are living in the same habitat. In order to help the Rails, we tried to figure out the reason behind the destruction of the marsh. Through an experienced volunteer, June Smith, we learned that invasive plants are the culprit of the extinction of the Ridgway’s Rails.
Suess, is known for being a children’s book with a political subtext. The issue that arises is the fact that the environment is being destroyed and mishandled by man kind. Suess makes the more educated reader know of the changes in the environment by beginning the text with imagery of a beautiful, nature filled area. Then Suess says that the place the lorax lives is being destroyed. Just like in society, the people claimed that chopping down one tree wouldn’t hurt, but soon chopping down one tree turned into chopping down multiple trees. Suess uses the lorax to represent the protector of nature and how nature is being
In 1949, Aldo Leopold published the book “A Sand County Almanac”, a book which written as a firsthand explanation of the natural resources and beauties that the Earth has to offer. This book dives into the issues surrounding the disregard for natural wildlife and the need for conservation in order for the natural world to progress and keep thriving. Leopold also talks about different seasons and the beauty of individual animals he comes across, and how their survival is a feat in itself. The importance of environmental conservation and the need to treat nature with care is a vibrant concept that will be explained throughout this paper, as well. This accounting of “A Sand County Almanac” will accurately describe
Thriving at the time, the islanders did not acknowledge the consequences their gluttonous habits had the potential of mustering, eventually overpopulating. Subsequently, the remaining resources were diminished rather quickly as the population began to struggle for the most basic of necessities, the situation so dire that cannibalism was a tangible option. Likewise, “The Lorax” displays the exact same form of shameless excess that ignites overpopulation as the Once-ler invites others to join him until said phenomena occurs. Unfortunately, the Once-ler does not realize the damage he has wrought until the final tree is chopped, a land once rich in flora entirely bare. Essentially, overpopulation bears the stigma for ruin as it creates an overabundance of need and craving, ultimately using resources at an alarmingly fast
The Once-ler always reflects on the days when the grass was still green and the pond was still wet and the clouds were still clean. It’s very obvious that he wishes that he wouldn’t have made such a devastating impact on the area. The Once-ler chops down one of the Truffula Trees to make his first Thneed. He promises the Lorax that he shouldn’t be alarmed because he only chopped down one tree. But Thneed’s were becoming more popular so the Once-ler chops down more and more trees until they are all gone. Once you start abusing nature it is difficult to stop so its best to not start in the first place. This could compare to any bio-diverse regions in the world who are being threatened by new development.