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“Limits to Growth”: A Game for Elementary School and Summer Camp

Posted On: May 12, 2021   |   Posted By: Steady State

“Limits to Growth”: A Game for Elementary School and Summer Camp

By Kayla Downs
The Lorax (2012) film poster. (Image: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 , Credit: Cliparts )
I spend my summers working at a summer camp in Upstate New York. For a reason unbeknownst to me this past summer, my campers became obsessed with the song “Let It Grow” from The Lorax. They asked me to play it constantly, knew all the words, and loved to sing along. I didn't realize how relevant it would become to my own life and work.
“The Lorax” by Dr. Suess (1971) is perhaps the most famous fable about the dangers of humans' destruction of the natural environment. The 2012 movie adaptation of The Lorax by Dr. Suess tells the colorful story of a boy who discovers the conflict between the Lorax, who “speaks for the trees,” and the Once-ler, who chopped down all the Truffula trees in greed. The Lorax is a top-rated children's movie and is often shown in elementary and middle school science classes. It fits into the climate change and environmental protection curriculum, yet the link between the economy and the...

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