4th Graders Convince Universal Pictures to Add Green Themes Back to "The Lorax"

Family Matters on 02.07.12
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Congratulations from all of us at Healthy Child Healthy World to Mr. Wells' 4th grade class at the Park School in Brookline, Mass., for changing Universal Pictures' mind about eliminating green content from The Lorax. As our founder Nancy Chuda wrote last week, when the kids saw the trailer, they realized that the environmental themes--which, as any parent who's read this story at bedtime knows, are the bedrock of the story--were largely missing.

To restore the original meaning to the film, Mr. Wells' class put together a video and petitioned Universal to add more environmental messaging to their website. And this week, after more than 57,000 people signed their petition, the Universal webpage was updated to reflect the students' requests.

On Change.org, which hosted the petition, Mr. Wells wrote: 

I couldn't be more proud of my 4th graders! They rallied 57,000 of you (including celebrities like Ed Norton and musicians like 30 Seconds to Mars and Solving for X!) who know the meaning of "Unless." The kids made posters, wrote a script in the style of Seuss, then shot a video! They've also been reaching out to everyone they know, lighting a fire under this cause, then graphing your signature count to track the progress of their project.

They learned many lessons along the way, most importantly, that they can make a difference.

Dr. Seuss once wrote, "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not." We're inspired by these kids, who cared enough to make it better. A lot.

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