Lessons From The Lorax: How you too can protect the trees

The Lorax

It probably goes without saying that I’m a huge fan of Dr. Suess’ uber-eco book, The Lorax.  I’ve been reading it to my girls pretty much since the first day they opened their eyes, and as many days after that as possible.  So I’m incredibly psyched about the new movie: Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax coming to theaters on March 2nd.  And I’m even more psyched that I was asked by the good folks at Universal Studios to participate in a blog tour about the movie’s upcoming release.

If you haven’t already seen it, here is a trailer for the flick:

 

It looks great!  And along with reading the hard copy of The Lorax, what better way is there to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday than to watch his words and vision come to life?

This is also a great time to talk to your kids about the things that they can do to protect the trees.

  1. Plant a tree. Whether it’s one tree in your own backyard, or a forest of trees at your local park, every tree makes a difference.
  2. Go paperless. Computers, eReaders, and smartphones have all but made paper obsolete.  Encourage your kids to doodle on your iPad or on paper from the recycling box, rather than a fresh piece.  Exchange family notes via text or on a dry erase board on the fridge, and have your kids ask their teachers if they can turn in homework on a flash drive or by email rather than on paper.
  3. Recycle and buy recycled products. When you do use paper, be sure to recycle it rather than toss it in the landfill.  And complete the recycling loop by purchasing products made from recycled paper too.
  4. Look for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification on wood and wood products. An FSC rating indicates that a wood product was made using sustainably sourced materials (so no truffula trees were harmed in its making!)
  5. Eat vegetarian meals as often as possible. All around the world, huge swaths of forests are cleared each year for the production of beef.  Hold the beef, and you can save the trees.

 

For more tips on helping find their own inner Lorax, check out The Lorax Project, where kids can sign a pledge and send an email to the Lorax letting him know what they’re doing to go green.

 

Want to win movie tickets to see Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax?  I’ll send $25 in Fandango Bucks to one lucky winner.  Just head over to The Green Parent‘s Facebook page and leave me a comment about your favorite Lorax memory.  I’ll pick a winner this Friday (Feb 24th) at 5pm.

 

Oh, and be sure to check out the other participants on the Lessons From The Lorax Blog Tour.  Yesterday, New Green Mama showed us how to make planter pots for our truffula trees using toilet paper rolls.  Here is the rest of the lineup:
Feb. 22   Eco Child’s Play
Feb. 23   The Smart Mama
Feb. 24   My Plastic Free Life
Feb. 27   Retro Housewife Goes Green
Feb. 28   Groovy Green Livin
Feb. 29   Mindful Momma
Mar. 1    Grean and Clean Mom
Mar. 2    Moms Going Green Blog
Mar. 3    Kitchen Stewardship
Mar. 4    Nature Moms