Click on the links above to download the text of Dr Seuss’ “The Lorax” and the worksheet related to it if you need either of them. There is also a text that explains the basis of the activity, and while I did not print it out for you, I believe that it will be useful for you to read it. In a nutshell, sustainable development is the concept of developing the economy in such a manner that you can keep it up without eventually running out of the resources that fuel your development. We discussed the concept of an allegory in the class- a story that correlates to real life. So we have the Lorax, who is the quintessential entrepreneur. He arrives, sees the potential in the Truffula Trees, and sets up a manufacturing plant. But the resource he bases his industry on is renewable only in the long term. In other words, he is using it up faster than it can replace itself. Eventually he has to close shop. In the process, he has destroyed the natural habitat of numerous species.
Doesn’t this sound exactly like the state much of the world is in today? We will go through the answers to the worksheet in class next week. I can’t wait to hear what you have to say.