Books That Inspire 2012

The Lorax
Theodor Seuss Geisel

"I am the Lorax...I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues." This classic tale of unmitigated greed, reckless environmental destruction, and resounding hope was written in 1971, when the U.S. environmental movement was nascent and focused on local troubles like deforestation, industrial air and water pollution, and species loss. Over 40 years later, the enduring message of The Lorax is even more meaningful, consequential, and evocative as humankind faces seemingly intractable and comprehensive global environmental dilemmas including concerns about climate, water, energy, biodiversity, and human overpopulation. Unless we all "speak for the trees," this pale blue dot we call home will never be the worthy legacy that our children deserve.

Robert W. Nairn
Associate Professor
Civil Engineering and Environmental Science