Dr Seuss IRL Lorax Tree Has Fallen

first_imgStay on target Way back in the days when the grass was still green and the pond was still wet and the clouds were still clean, and the song of the Swomee-Swans rang out in space… one morning, I came to this glorious place. And I first saw the trees! The Truffula Trees! The bright-colored tufts of the Truffula Trees! Mile after mile in the fresh morning breeze.*The Monterey Cypress believed to have inspired Dr. Seuss’ 1971 children’s book “The Lorax” has fallen.Theodor Seuss Geisel penned some of the world’s most popular tales from his La Jolla, Calif., home, which overlooked Scripps Park—birthplace of a very special Truffula Tree Monterey Cypress.The evergreens often grow into flat-topped topiaries—the result of strong winds typical of their native coastal environment.This particular sapling, however, looked more like Australia on a stick. Or, to the imaginative mind of Geisel, bright-colored tufts “softer than silk,” with the “sweet smell of fresh buttery milk.”“I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues” (via Dr. Seuss/Random House)Estimated to be up to a century old, the tree’s cause of death is still undetermined.There is no “definitive cause on why it fell,” Tim Graham, of the San Diego Parks and Recreation Department, told CNN.Most of the conifer was removed last week; the remaining large trunk section will be extracted and repurposed later, according to Graham. The city will look into planting a replacement.In his cautionary tale of corporate greed and climate science, Seuss chronicles the plight of the environment through the mouthpiece of a furry little critter, who “speaks for the trees.”When the greedy Once-ler (industry personified) comes to town and chops down all the Truffula trees, the Lorax (as the environment) tries to warn him of the damage: pollution, animal migration, a life of regret and solitude.It’s only years after he’s caused permanent loss and devastation that the Once-ler learns his lesson.Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.*More on Geek.com:Firefighters Find Eerie Tree Burning From Inside After Lightning StrikeScientists Discover (And Climb) World’s Tallest Tropical TreeThrow Shade at Climate Change by Planting More Trees* Words from “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss, published in 1971 by Penguin Random House LLC New Bill Stops ‘Grinch Bots’ From Stealing Holiday ShoppingWhen The Doctor Met Karen Hallion: Artist Mash Ups Tell New Stories last_img read more