I’m celebrating Earth Day with Margaret Simon on her DigiLit Sunday link up. Click here to join in and read other thoughts.
“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
— The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
This quote was rattling around in my brain this morning. The Lorax was published in 1971 one year after the first national day to celebrate and protect our planet. It was followed by the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Air, Clean Water, and the Endangered Species Acts. All are testaments to all the “someones” who cared a whole awful lot.
The work of environmentalists has made a difference. Earth Day marches have effected change. As does education. Education is one of the best defense mechanisms for our planet and our future. Teachers do this work daily when we ask students to look at the evidence around them and question. We do this when we teach students to think like scientists and historians. We do this when we share literature and news articles and ask them to wonder and think.
This week, I am pleased to include Scholastic News’ special Earth Day issue in my plans. The issue highlights the effects of global warming in Alaska and on the Great Coral Reef as well as articles about garbage art, banning plastic bags and using recycled toilet water as drinking water. Newsela’s tremendous text set will add in the history of Earth Day and work of scientists who are passionate protectors of our planet. Check it out here.
Amy Purdy, para-olympian, offers an inspiring message as an Athlete for the Earth —
“It’s up to us to take care of our environment it’s not that hard to think on a bigger scale and not just think of ourselves. We need to think of our planet. We need to think of our home.”
The Lorax’s words are as important today as they were in 1971. We are all standing in that UNLESS outpost. And, we do have the ability to effect change because we see the future every day in our classroom.