Last week, I sat down to read to my son and came across a story we hadn’t read in a while. It was the Dr. Seuss book about the Lorax, who speaks “for the Trees for the Trees have no tongues.”
As a reminder for those less familiar with Dr. Seuss, or who are not in that stage of your life in which he is considered required reading, The Lorax is the story of one man’s entrepreneurial quest that depletes the earth and leads to the demise of his business and the surrounding community. It’s perhaps one of the best books about environmental sustainability for children, and reminded me that that my own environmental values were formed very early on.
As I recited the words of the Lorax, I remembered listening to my dad read these same words to me — some million, gazillion years ago, when I was six, five or four; and he knew, oh he knew, how to make me laugh on the floor — recalling the impression that this book had made on me as a child.
In asking around at NAEM, I discovered that for many of us, our concern for the environment also has been influenced by books, TV shows, or movies, and it was amusing to hear which ones: The Journey of Natty Gann, Captain Planet, Lord of the Rings, Waterworld, My Side of the Mountain, FernGully, WALL-E, and of course, the latest box-office sensation, Avatar.
Many of us in the EHS & Sustainability professional community share an interest in nature, conservation, and an appreciation for the outdoors. It’s one of the great common denominators that I’ve experienced at NAEM.
As you get ready to kick off your summer, I encourage you to share a chuckle and your fond memories with us. Please tell us the most impressionable cartoon, book or movie that left you with an environmental message?
And don’t forget this weekend – as you are popping your beverage and sunning with shades, remember the good “Dr.” had something to say: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
Have a safe, fun Memorial Day weekend!