Recently, in honor of Earth Day, a fifth grade Enrichment Class in Stock Market Game was asked to use the Lorax, by Dr. Seuss, to imagine green investing and changing the environment through green investing choices. Here are two awesome responses to the questions posed.
From Banyan B : Ten rules for my Thneed factory
From Ellie :
There are many consequences of doing business in a company that is not “green” . One consequence is pollution; the thick smoke from the ONCE-LER’s factory was inhaled by the animals in the forest and made the animals sick. Tar from the factory was dumped into ponds and the animals sitting in the pond when the gunk was poured down were stuck and couldn’t leave, also without the trees to help provide clean air the pollution smoke just kept coming and staying. Another consequence is all the living things that are affected. Because there were no more trees to provide clean air the animals had to move and people had to conceal themselves from the smoke; people built a dome over the town to block the smoke around the city and started using bottled air. Now, that couldn’t actually happen in real life but the point is it can affect humans as well as other animals and the Earth, which leads us to the next consequence: the Earth. All the pollution can cause global warming or climate change which is something that is happening right now because unnatural gases are floating up into space then getting stuck in our planet's atmosphere and floating back down to the geosphere and starting the process over again. This is causing our planet to heat up to hotter and hotter temperatures than usual. This is a problem because the heat is melting icebergs and glaciers (which are huge blocks of ice )and when the glaciers melt they turn to water that raises sea levels. Also the glaciers are home to animals that are now floating on icebergs or sitting on what remains of their homes.
One benefit of a company “going green” is the company would not be polluting the earth. No smock or tar would be dumped into the ponds and forests. It also would prevent global warming because no unnatural gases would be released into the atmosphere and if global warming is prevented glaciers melting would also be prevented which means less animals would have to leave their homes. One cost of a company “going green” is that setting up a green company may cost a lot of money but in the end it could be a benefit too. One thing that might take a while to set up and will cost a lot of money is wind power plants. It will take a while and cost money to set them up but once they are set up it’s free electricity. Another thing that might cost a lot is all the organic products that the company needs. Organic products are more expensive than products that contain chemicals but are healthier. Also paying your employees will cost money too.