Let’s talk about Dr. Seuss for a minute. Yes, that’s right I said Dr. Seuss. Chances are you have heard of the guy, maybe even read a couple of his books or even seen his stories come to life on the big screen.

The month of May is Clean Air Month and I couldn’t help but think of Dr. Seuss’ story called The Lorax. If you haven’t seen or read the story then here is a little summation for you:

The story is about a boy who goes in search of a Truffula tree seed. Along the way he discovers the reason why his town has no grass, wild animals, or trees. Clean Air is sold like bottled water in the town of Sneedville and it is all due to the fact that someone had once cut down every single Truffula tree. The Lorax, being the witty creature he is, leaves a quote for the characters of the book and the readers. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

The book bears witness to the fact that we need plant life and trees to help filter the air around us. Farmers plant acres upon acres of crops that help keep our air clean and in turn keeps us healthy and safe. So when the Lorax recites his famous quote, I can’t help but think of farmers. The “someone” that the Lorax refers to, in my mind, is farmers. You have the responsibility to make things better and live true to the fact that unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not.

And with that I say thank you farmers for providing the world with clean air and caring for the beautiful planet we live on!


About Farm Safety For Just Kids

Farm Safety For Just Kids is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries, and fatalities to rural children and youth. We produce and distribute educational materials addressing various dangers commonly found in the rural environment. Farm Safety For Just Kids is supported by a chapter network of grassroots volunteers located throughout the United States and Canada. The organization also has part-time outreach coordinators in several states. Chapters, outreach coordinators, and volunteers conduct educational programs to raise awareness about safety and health issues affecting their communities.
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