The story is full of Seuss’ patented whimsical drawings,
imaginary words, and sprightly rhythm, but it tells the serious tale of greed, consumerism,
and environmental degradation. It has been a long while since I had read the book
myself, but I had a former boss who liked to joke that he became
environmentally radicalised when he was told the story as a child. It clearly had some effect: his life continues
to have a focus on sustainability.
The film version has been updated for a modern audience,
but it is true to the core of the original story and even adds an additional
layer of plastic pollution to the mix. It ends with a quote from the book that
I think perfectly sums up why everything you do towards making the world
UNLESS someone like you
cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better.
So a big thank you to everyone who has stepped forward to
show that you care about cleaning up Chippenham. Here’s a new date for your diary: Saturday, 13
May. We are working with several other
groups to conduct a big river clean up, so please stay tuned for confirmation and the
time of the event.