I’m sure everyone remembers the cartoon character Captain Planet and his five Planeteers, whose mission was to save the planet. Captain Planet would make his appearance when the five Planeteers, Earth, Wind, Water, Fire, and Heart, combined their rings, and from this formation he proclaimed, “By your powers combined, I am Captain Planet!” He was a superhero that when invoked would destroy the evils-doers of over-consumption, animal extortion, and pollution. But like all superheroes, Captain Planet’s kryptonite was excess pollution, greenhouse gases, and any type of toxic waste. Despite this Captain Planet and the Planeteers always triumphed in the end, leaving us with a brief message about saving the planet and of course the following statement, “The power is yours!”
I refer to the above because I was reading in an article in Popular Science about having the show air again for children’s educational purposes. http://www.popsci.com/environment/article/2009-02/captain-planet-hes-our-hero-gonna-take-pollution-down-zero-sing-it-kids?page=#comments
This got me thinking, where is Captain Planet now or is he died? Are we responsible for the death of Captain Planet with the excessive amounts of pollution and greenhouse gases produced?! I’m not sure what point I’m trying to get thru. It’s just that I remember watching Captain Planet and admiring the fact that everyone pulled their own weight. It would just be nice to have a similar system in place, were representatives from countries could come together and actually work as a team. I don’t know if this makes any sense, it sounded good in my head.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that everyone can benefit from this cartoons simple advice. "The power is ours!"