The Lorax By Dr. Seuss

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The Lorax
From Environmental Science: A Global Concern
Watch “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss, then answer the following questions:
What is the Lorax? What is his role in the book?
The Lorax is the defender of the forests in the book. His role is to protect the forest and all those who live within it.
2. Teddy Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot had policies, called utilitarian conservation, that stated that forests should be saved “not because they are beautiful or because they shelter wild creatures of the wilderness, but only to provide homes and jobs for people.” With this in mind, compare and contrast the Once-ler’s way of business to Roosevelt and Pinchot’s idea of forestry.
Once-ler, Roosevelt, and Pinchot were similar in that they recognized
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Though the Once-ler polluted the area where he lived, environmentalists have now concluded that the new concern for our planet should be one of global environmentalism, because we are all interconnected and events that occur on the other side of the globe have profound and immediate effects on our lives. List three things that could have global effects in the production of the thneed.
With enough production of Thneed, pollution levels could escalate, polluting more and more of the air and water and increasing carbon dioxide levels, contributing to global warming. In addition, Thneed production that forces animals to move out of their natural habitats, risks the collapse of entire ecosystems and food chains which could eventually have a global effect. Lastly, Thneed production factories could be using other non sustainable resources in order to run, thus starting a cycle of environmental degradation.
6. Many environmental problems are interconnected and can have compounding effects. After reading “The Lorax,” look at the list below and discuss the implications of how any two or more of the items can cause a worsened environmental effect: a) Energy consumption b) Human population explosion c) Loss of biodiversity d) Soil erosion e) Food shortages f) Waste disposal g) Deforestation h) Water pollution i) Global warming j) Political
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Developing countries are usually less strict on environmental policies, thus granting industrial leaders a license to use as much land and resources as they can afford, for their factories. Additionally, as laws are less strict, waste disposal would most likely depend on the cheapest option such as dumping in rivers rather than the most environmentally friendly option. Energy consumption would also depend on the cheapest option and not the most environmentally friendly. Lastly, workers would be paid as little as possible and would be overworked to maximize profits in a developing country, whereas in a developed country they would be paid much more and would work fairer

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