Dr. Seuss is a familiar name to me, but I admit I am not much familiar with his works, so when I received an invitation for the special screening of "The Lorax" in 3D IMAX (make that Tree-D IMAX, hehe), I quickly sent my RSVP as even if I am already in my 30s, I still could learn a thing or two from Dr. Seuss. Come to think of it, I was 24 when I learned the lessons of "Green Eggs and Ham," I guess the lessons will benefit all of us regardless of our age.
In case you don't know it yet, "The Lorax" is the story of greed causing a place to lose its beauty. Because of the Once-ler who decided to chop off the trees to produce a product that made him very rich, people are now buying clean air for them to continue living. None of the new generations know about what a real tree looks like, until one teenage girl expressed that she wanted to see a real tree.
I personally had a few questions about the movie - like how come the older people didn't teach their kids about trees, but setting aside the complexities of certain issues, I think this movie came at the right time... now that people are experiencing problems related to nature destruction - it rains during the summer months, yet it is bright and sunny during the rainy months. When it rains it pours (literally), and when the sun is up, it's just way too hot.
Clearly, the biggest reason why we are experiencing this is Climate Change, but if there's one thing I am thankful for... it's that we still have our natural resources to protect, and that not everything is wasted just yet...
Before "The Lorax" was shown, audience got to watch three videos - first two were from USAID | Philippines, featuring the RE Troopers (or the Renewable Energy Troopers) and the use of Solar Energy to light up a community in Polilio Island (Quezon). The USAID | Philippines and the Climate Change Commission in partnership with SM Cinemas and Ayala Malls Cinemas will show these videos at the start of every movie screening to help promote the renewable energy, as well as create awareness.
Like I said, we still have time to save Mother Nature. Let's all act together - no matter how small or big our contribution will be. I still am not married and I don't have kids yet, but of course time will come that I will have a family of my own... I sure want for my future children and grandchildren to know and see how a real tree (even insect) looks like. I don't want the time to come that all the future generations have were images of what nature looks like from books and blogs.
As a part of this world, my ways of conserving energy and protecting the environment include: unplugging the appliances if I am not using it, save the water by using the water I used to rinse the clothes I washed to clean the floor and surfaces inside the house, use the power of the sun to dry out clothes (no need to use the dryer if the sun is up - saves electricity), cut out paper from the press release kits I received to make my own notepad (as most papers have a blank side), and to use ecobags to shop, among others.
We do have the Climate Change Commission, yes... but we all are part of this commission, and we all have to do our part in helping save our environment.
I will close this post with a quote I read at the end of the movie:
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
- Dr. Seuss