What seems to be the author's intent in writing The Lorax?

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Dr. Seuss may seem like harmless fun, but his books contain important lessons for humanity.  The Lorax is one of his most important works.  In it, he sends a strong message to both children and their parents.  You won’t know what you’ve lost until it’s gone.  We take things like trees for granted.  We just expect them to be there.  We think nothing of cutting them down for wood or to make room for building.  Yet once you cut a tree down and build a building, that’s it.  That tree is gone.

The Lorax makes the point that trees are a species.  They may not move, and they may not be able to think, but they are living (and in their own ways breathing) creatures.  Do we as humans have the right to cut them down just for our own profit?  According to Seuss, we don’t!