Confessions of a Former Tree-Hugger
By: Amy Lutz

When I was younger, I loved to read. At one point, I basically devoured a book a day. By the time I was 8 years old, I was flipping through To Kill a Mockingbird. However, despite the plethora of novels I had at my fingertips, I still liked to read “the classics;” books by Shel Silverstein, Carolyn Keene, and Dr. Seuss.

For years, The Lorax by Dr. Seuss was at the top of my list of favorite books. The story tells the tale of the “Lorax,” a whimsical, environmentally-conscious creature who speaks out about how increasing industrialization has led to the destruction of nature. The book starts in a futuristic, treeless world where an industrious character known as the “Once-Ler” ruthlessly targeted “Truffula” trees in the pursuit of profit. By the time his mission was accomplished, the landscape of “Thneedville” was bare.

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