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Thanh Thanh Thai AP Environmental Science Period 1

Over many generations, humans have been using natural resources for survival and benefit. As time continues to progress, the constant usage of resources continually accumulate to the point where it not only begins to affect the human population but also their surroundings. In the movie The Lorax by Dr. Seuss and the article Easters End by Jared Diamond, human beings are shown to overlook the long-term consequences as they choose the path that benefits them the most. Through deforestation, exploitation, and different possibilities, both authors apprise the readers the greedy and ignorance nature that human possess, which leads to the destruction of environment and the eradication of living things. Deforestation is a key factor in the destruction of the environment for both works. In The Lorax, Once-ler, a greedy industrialist, who cut down and utilizes Truffula Trees to produce thneeds, Fine-Something-That-All-People-Need. However, as profit increases, his greediness dramatically accumulates in him. Thus, he becomes ignorant by continuing to cut down trees and massively destroying the homes of other living things and depleting the essential natural resources. Similarly, the residents of Easter Island, the Polynesians, cut/take down palm trees to transport materials and the hauhau to make rope. Their daily lives depend on natural resources that are available to them on that isolated island. In both situations, the environment became barren and unable to maintain life forms due to exploitation of natural resources. After the destruction of the forest, Once-lers company fails to gain profits and becomes bankrupt. Propitiously, his fate was not as worse as the inhabitants of Easter Island.

Without the necessary trees, the Polynesians are unable to construct boats, causing them to be incapable of fishing in the deeper waters. In addition, animals that live in Easter Island become extinct as the result of overhunting and destruction of habitat. Once all their food resources were defunct, they choose to cannibalize their own members in order to survive, which lead them to their extinction. Fortunately, the animals in The Lorax, did not suffer the same fate as the ones on Easter Island. The Bar-Ba-Loots, Swomee-Swans, and Humming Fish, facing air and water pollution, as well as loss of natural habitat, are able to migrate; thus they managed to survive. Furthermore, the situation in The Lorax is reversible, while the one in Easter Island is irreversible. In The Lorax, the seed symbolizes hope because the forest can be regrown. However, that will take a lot of time and effort in order to return the environment to its original status. In contrast, there is no warning or sustainable solution to effectively stop the expanding problems in Easters Island. Due to the fact that the island is separated from the mainland, the inhabitants could not migrate to avoid the problems; thus the horrendous result in Easters Island is imminent. Through deforestation, exploitation, and different possibilities, both Dr. Seuss and Jared Diamond elucidate how life will become once people lack the effort to care for their environment. They also warn the readers that the results within their works can become a reality. However, hope will exist if humans decide to quickly act on environmental issues before the problems get worse. By doing so, they will be able to protect and preserve natural resources for the future generations.