And just like that, The Lorax speaks! All with a little help from his friends, of course ...
... friends like a fourth-grader named Zoe, one of the students-turned-activists from Mr. Wells' elementary school classroom in Brookline, MA, who helped to convince Universal Studios that its new "Lorax" film needs to hold true to Dr. Seuss's planet-protecting message. "Some adults say they're the role mode for kids, but I think we're being role models for adults," Zoe said after hearing that their voices are making a difference.
When we told you about the Lorax story a couple of days ago, Mr. Wells' students were still busy gathering Change.org petition signatures to amplify their request that Universal include environmental education info on its website and in marketing materials. With 57,000+ names — including famous ones, like Edward Norton (who tweeted about the petition twice) and the 30 Seconds to Mars guys — Hollywood took notice, adding a "green tips" section to the film's website on Wednesday.
"We're going to be on earth longer than adults will," said fourth grader Sophia. "By the time we're adults, it might not look as good as it does now unless people start caring."
God, we love a happy ending.
Got an issue you're crazy about? Follow these fourth-graders' lead and start a Change.org petition of your own.