With whale sharks and over 100,000 other sea creatures providing the backdrop, the Captain Planet Foundation held its annual fundraising gala at the Georgia Aquarium last week - honoring leaders in environmental stewardship and celebrating new initiative milestones. 

“In a world of seven billion people, we’re going to have to find creative ways to create a more equitable and sustainable world for one another,” said Charles Orgbon III, one of the evening's honorees and CEO of the nonprofit Greening Forward. “And in our seven-billion population world, we’re going to have to find more sustainable and equitable ways to live together to meet the demands and the needs of all of these people, and the answer is being environmentalists.”

Joining Orgbon in receiving awards were consumer advocate Erin Brockovich, husband-and-wife climate change force David Suzuki and Tara Cullis, and TerraCycle founder and CEO Tom Szaky. Over $525,000 was raised during the evening to support the foundation's green projects in all 50 U.S. states and over 20 developing countries around the globe. Check out some pictures from the festivities below: 

Captain Planet, environmental activist and award-winner Erin Brockovich, and oceanographer Sylvia Earle.

TerraCycle CEO and award-winner Tom Szaky, Gala co-chair and CNN International anchor Natalie Allen, and Captain Planet.

Captain Planet and award-winner Charles Orgbon III, high school senior and CEO of Greening Forward.

Husband and wife award-winners and scientists Tara Cullis, Ph.D. and David Suzuki, Ph.D.

Pop singer Rufus Wainwright.

Captain Planet and media mogul Ted Turner.

Tom Szaky, Erin Brockovich, Captain Planet, Charles Orgbon III, Tara Cullis and David Szaky.

Whale shark and guests at the Georgia Aquarium.


"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.

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From fundraising to honoring real-life green heroes, this year's Gala proved to be a night to remember.