Captain Planet: A message for a new generation
Captain Planet, with a little help from Ira Blumenthal, president of the Captain Planet Foundation, shares words of advice and wisdom for younger audiences in this exclusive behind-the-scenes interview.
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Interviewer: Now that the Captain Planet message is being re-launched through the Internet on the Mother Nature Network, are there any messages you want to communicate to this new generation via the Internet?
Ira Blumenthal: That’s terrific, and I think it can be summed up in two words: do good. Do good. We have one planet, and for us to turn around and commit ourselves to committing to saving our planet and doing good things, it makes all the sense in the world. What we’re most excited about with Mother Nature Network is it’s a vehicle to spread the word. It’s a vehicle to communicate, to extend our reach to and through households all around the United States and, ultimately, on a global basis, so that we can coax and inspire children to do good things as it relates to the planet. And whether that’s clean up litter or don’t abuse water, or turn off the lights, the electricity, whatever it may be. Do good.
Interviewer: What kind of advice do you have for our young viewers?
Ira: Really? I like that. That’s good. You’ve done this before. I’m telling you. Okay. That’s really good. I like that. You see, Captain Planet just told me that although he’s called a superhero, everyone can be a superhero for Earth. It’s just about turning around and being socially responsible. It’s about turning around and being maybe a little more energetic or a little more, you know, committed, if you will, all right, to the planet. It’s turning the lights off upstairs when you’re watching TV downstairs. It’s perhaps maybe taking that bottle or glass of water, and as opposed to throwing it down and pouring it down the drain, put it on a plant or put it in the dog’s bowl. So, the advice is real simple. If every one of us in this country, in this world, picked up one piece of paper every day of our lives, we would have a very clean planet. And the power is who?
Captain Planet: The power is yours!
"Captain Planet" is an animated series created by Ted Turner in the 1990s. MNN.com is the primary source for "Captain Planet" episodes on the Web.
Captain Planet is a superhero whose powers are implemented by a team of five Planeteers (as well as himself), each of whom helps combat environmental catastrophes like pollution, animal poaching, water scarcity and more. Each episode of "Captain Planet" involves the captain and his planeteers tackling different dilemmas and nefarious eco-villains.
Numerous celebrities contributed voice work to the show, including Meg Ryan, Jeff Goldblum, Whoopi Goldberg and many others. You can watch all the Captain Planet episodes on MNN and you can learn more about the series by going behind the scenes with the creators and major players.