Apr 24, 2012

"I speak for the trees"

Australia is one of the most expensive places in the world to watch a movie (not exagerrating, see here) so one of the first things we did when we were back was to take the family to a movie.

The Lorax is a creature who speaks for the trees. This is one of those seemingly kid movies with underlying adult themes. The movie appears to be inspired by the climate change concerns and anti-commercialism themes of today but Dr Seuss wrote about mindless progress more than four decades ago - the book was first published in 1971.

"Unless someone like you...cares a whole awful lot...nothing is going to get better...It's not."

Central Park in Manhattan, New York, covers an area of 3.41 km2 .  It is sitting on  US$528,783,552,000  worth of land, according to its value appraised in December 2005. But it's there because its people care. More Malaysians need to care more. I saw trees being cut down to make way for a new shopping complex in USJ, I stood on a residential road which had nary a tree on it (it's common for people to cut down existing ones to avoid the inconveniences of pests and so on) and I saw houses with their entire garden turned into tiled surfaces.

" I'll never forget the grim look on his face
as he hoisted himself and took leave of this place
through a hole in the smog without leaving a trace
and all that the Lorax left here in this mess

was a small pile of rocks with one word. UNLESS"

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