September 15th, 2010 was declared ‘Captain Planet Day’ one year ago today in honor of the series milestone 20th anniversary. To celebrate this year’s Captain Planet Day, I’ve sifted through series Co-Creator and Exec. Producer Barbara Pyle’s personal archives of the show’s creation and launch, pulling the best celebrity interviews, media coverage, concept art, and launch party footage to share with you on our YouTube Channel and Captain Planet’s Facebook Page. Check out the clip below for a montage of interviews and press coverage, and keep an eye out for a few of the original voiceovers from before the series’ final cast stepped in!
Today also marks the one year anniversary of the Planeteer Movement’s launch, and get ready for this: In the past year, we’ve gained over 200,000 Facebook Fans, had 19 MILLION individual post views, 85,000 pageviews on CaptainPlanet.me, and launched 43 Planeteer Networks worldwide!! You can launch your own or see if there’s one in your area on our Networks Page. 21 Years, and the Power Is still Ours. Incredible.
That’s not all! There’s a ton of original Launch Party footage from 1990, more clips from the Planeteer Movement, and interviews from around the world on our YouTube page to keep you entertained until next Captain Planet Day! What should we do next year?
Dan McDonald is not seeing golden arches. No, in fact, he is seeing green. Dan McDonald, the “other” Donald, is seeing green, but not from a solid gold toilet seat like “The Donald’s.” Unlike the McDonald’s, he isn’t going to be criticized for malnourishing over-processed synthetic food, and he will not be the next subject on the movie documentary, Super Size Me. No, he is that other man, the raw man, “Dan the Man” (with the master plan!) He reminds us that unlike a certain green muppet, it isn’t quite so hard being green.
Known through YouTube as the Life Regenerator, he has been bringing people a brand new chance at life by detoxing, alkalizing, and regenerating their bodies through wholesome fruits, sprouts, and vegetables. The Confucius of Blending, with a strange resemblance to a certain white Anglican, he is truly the man with a master plan for rejuvenating your life. All puns aside, he is greener than Captain Planet’s mullet, making the juicing power all yours.(Can you dig it?)
If digging into fruits and vegetables isn’t your cup of kale, than maybe you would like a more Ramsay approach. Though he likes his meat and still cooks his food, he may be the next best thing, if you can get past The F Word and his signature rolling face. Gordon knows what fresh tastes like, and you won’t see his kitchen with rotting meats and veggies. The only thing rotten may be his attitude, but you will look past it after you’ve tried his food.
Though he may not be the next Raw Foodist, he explained his stance on the meat industry in this quote, “It’s enough to make anyone turn f–king vegetarian, for God’s sake. And I’ve always sort of knocked vegetarians and vegans for missing out on the most amazing flavour you can get from meat. But you can see why so many people change instantly.”
He also took on the Black Market Shark Fin industry in this quote from Wikipedia;
“In January 2011, while in Costa Rica, Ramsay was doused in petrol and held at gunpoint as he tried to uncover the dark world of illegal shark fin trading for a new TV show. Ramsay stated:
They told me they’d shoot me. At one, I managed to shake off the people keeping us away, ran up some stairs to a rooftop and looked down to see thousands of fins, drying on rooftops for as far as the eye could see. When I got back downstairs, they tipped a barrel of petrol over me. Back at the wharf, there were people pointing rifles at us to stop us filming. A van pulled up and these seedy characters made us stand against a wall. The police came and advised us to leave the country.”
Mike Arnstein, calling himself “The Fruitarian,” is the Flash of raw food, said to often run 100 miles a day, “..just as fast as I can.” What is his view on the necessity of a green diet?
“This is nature’s law and the world has been going in the wrong direction for far too long. This is the future! If humanity is to survive..humans are to continue to exist, they HAVE to come back to nature.”
Returning to nature is more than just what we put out, but what we put in. Juicing is the best, and is a super food for the body, but if your reaction is like Gordon’s, just do your best to eat fresh. The Power is Yours!
I recently had a talk with my doctor about the use of antibiotics, especially those used on animals in the meat industry. She expressed her concern because 80% of the antibiotics in the U.S. go to this purpose. Why? Is it because the animals are getting sick or to prevent the spread of sickness? No, the antibiotics are given in low doses over the life of the animal because it makes them grow faster! Not only is using human drugs needlessly on animals just to make them grow faster so they can be slaughtered quicker ridiculous, it’s a clear path to the creation of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria! While the drugs are intended to be flushed out of the animal’s system before they are slaughtered, this process is also leading to antibiotics being leaked into ecosystems. It’s an all around bad idea.
The importance of using antibiotics wisely can’t be stressed enough. When you go to the doctor and get a prescription for antibiotics, they always tell you to finish the entire bottle, even if you begin to feel better sooner. This is because you may begin to feel better before the bad bacteria is completely wiped out. Even with your body on the path to recovery, your immune system could help finish off the bacteria, but if you don’t finish that bottle of antibiotics and make sure the strain is completely gone, the strain could develop a resistance to antibiotics.
It’s similar to how a flu shot is supposed to work. The body is injected with just enough of the virus to build up a resistance to it. It doesn’t guarantee you won’t get the flu, but it’s supposed to help lower your chances. Well, the same things happens to the strains of bacteria when they get a low dose of antibiotics. By now it should be easy to see why giving animals low doses of antibiotics can be a problem. These doses aren’t usually enough to kill off strains of bacteria, and in the end they could very possibly be making the strains of bacteria stronger. Many of these animals are also given hormones, and the meat is treated with additives, “flavor enhancers,” and probably a few other chemicals. Because the animals are raised confined in small cages, forced to grow unnaturally fast, and given so many chemical additives, you don’t really know what you’re getting when you get to the grocery store, and the taste will be far from ideal.
One option is to avoid eating meat. For vegans and vegetarians, this is as much about the rights of animals, fighting the cruelty of slaughter houses and sustainability as it is about their own health. But the decisions of this minority aren’t really enough to change the big picture. The farming industry will continue churning and the same problem will basically continue, drastically impacting even those who do not eat meat.
Another option is to support natural free-range meats. Randolph, Ohio is home to the Salt of the Earth Farm, which raises animals humanely on an open pasture.
According to the Farm’s listing on localharvest.org;
“We do things as sustainably as possible around here. All the animals are pasture based and supplemented with boiled barley from a local brewery, locally grown grain, organic produce and locally made bread. It sure is a lot more work than feeding animals commercial feed, but the animals sure appreciate it and the taste is far superior to factory farmed grocery store meat. The animals are not caged at any point, and each life is precious to us.”
Farms such as this don’t produce nearly as much meat as industrialized farms, but the quality of the meat (and the quality of life for the animal) is far superior to the processed junk you’ll find frozen in most supermarkets and the price will reflect this difference accordingly. Obviously a small farm that lets animals mature naturally will have higher costs and a limited supply, but it’s really worth it. Supporting local farmers with sustainable practices, we can set the foundation for change while supporting our local economy.
Recently, Giant Eagle has also started carrying organic meat;
“All Giant Eagle® Nature’s Basket® foods are produced without artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. We support farms with earth friendly methods that are environmentally sound and resource conserving.”
This line may offer another alternative since these animals have also never been fed hormones or antibiotics, and the quality and taste are obviously better than most other brands, but their methods for raising these animals aren’t as clear as local farms like Salt of the Earth.
Whatever route you decide to take, you should know what’s in your food, and the processes it went through before it reached your table so you can make healthier and more sustainable choices.
Adopt-A-Stream Water-Quality Chemical Monitoring
I work with Whole Foods market in Duluth and I want to share with you our upcoming event! September 17th we will try to implement the feel of an authentic Local Community Farmers Market. Our local vendors will be invited but the fun part is that this is actually more open towards our community! I know that more and more people are doing some house gardening, planting those tomatoes, or fresh herbs. This is open to any small farmer. You may have two or twenty bunches, it doesn’t matter.
This is an open event open to friends and family where the importance of naturally grown and organically grown is highlighted.
We are spreading awareness of the importance of what you actually put into your body. The difference in nutrient content of a conventional apple compared to an organic apple is far too great to dismiss.
This is also very exciting because you just never know what you might see in a farmers market!
If you want to sign up or know of friends or family that would be interested in coming out, let us know. E-mail me at email@example.com.
And don’t forget… its a wonderful day every day that we are here.
I once read a post on a website for natural alternatives to bug repellant that said something along the lines of “just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s any safer. They can still be poisonous or cause irritation.” – Well, I for one don’t think I’m going to go home and take a swig of citronella oil even if it does come from a plant! And, even with natural products there is also still the possibility of allergies, especially from plant-based oils. Using natural alternatives isn’t an alternative for using your brain, you still have to be smart about it. But, how does a store-bought insect repellant with DEET and who knows what other chemicals really sound safer? How much do you really know about all of those ingredients?
Why do we look for natural solutions?
Because we want to know and trust what ends up in our households, whether it’s for cleaning, bug repellant, air freshener – the ingredients matter. We don’t want to breathe in toxic fumes (especially those of us with asthma or allergies), or risk mixing chemicals that could be volatile. Plus, whatever we use ultimately ends up back in the environment. The harsh chemicals used in most cleaning products have been known to do damage to the environment, making their way into our soil and even drinking water supplies. Natural cleaners, however, use biodegradable non-toxic ingredients, that break down much quicker and are far less harmful to the environment.
Natural solutions can be cheaper, more practical, and equally effective. We’ve become so used to going into a store and picking up bottles of chemicals for whatever we need – dishwashing liquid, shower cleaner, shampoo, etc., and most of us end up with a cabinet full of (possibly quite volatile) cleaners that we don’t really need. Just turn to your kitchen for most of your cleaning needs – baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice. Need a bug repellant? Lemons and lemon juice repels many bugs, including fleas and ants, because citrus is deadly to them. Pure vanilla extract also works to repel mosquitoes. How about a facial cleanser? Try baking soda, natural dark amber maple syrup, or oatmeal. For acne, once again, lemon juice is helpful. Treat bee stings with powdered meat tenderizer, wasp stings with vinegar, burns and dry skin with aloe vera. Use a 1 to 1 mixture of vinegar and water to clean your bathroom and kitchen, or make a baking soda paste to take care of tough stains. All are safe and effective ways to clean, without harsh chemicals, and without breaking the bank.
We also look for natural solutions because there’s also an issue of sustainability. Why keep around a dozen plastic bottles full of chemicals, and keep going back for more when there are alternatives? Many of the “green” cleaner companies are turning to more sustainable sources for their products and packaging, and encouraging people to throw out less waste by offering different refill options. If you need to buy household products, look for the ones that are certified to be “Green.”
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How many disposable things do you use on a daily basis? Drink bottles, paper plates, plastic utensils, plastic bags, styrofoam cups, paper towels, snack packaging, sandwich bags . . . And how many of those things to you throw away as opposed to recycling?
Some disposable items are hard to avoid, but it’s not hard to at least reduce your environmental impact, along with the impact on your bank account.
1) Buy a reusable water bottle! According to the Mayo Clinic, humans need 2-3 liters of water every day, that’s at least 3 20 ounce bottles! Or more than a THOUSAND bottles per year, just for a single person. Even at $1 a bottle, that would be a substantial part of money being thrown away. Granted no one (I hope) gets every bit of their daily serving of water from a plastic bottle, still more than 50 billion bottles of water are sold in America each year. Most of these bottles end up in landfills. So, just by buying a reusable water bottle, you can save yourself hundreds of dollars and prevent hundreds of bottles from ending up in our trash.
2) Buy a water filter! Water filters are great and cheap way to make sure you and your family always have great tasting water for drinking. There are different varieties of filters, so it shouldn’t be hard to find one that works well for you. Plus, some water bottles even come with their own filters now, so no matter how much you’re on the go, you won’t be without filtered water.
3) When you have to use a plastic bottle (or aluminum can, paper cup, etc…) make sure to recycle it! There’s almost no excuse these days for not recycling anything that can be recycled, many companies provide convenient recycling bins or drop off locations. Just look around, if it’s not obvious ask around.
4) Use a reusable coffee cup when possible, it’s also far more convenient since you won’t have to worry about your hand burning through the paper cup.
5) Cut down on the use of other disposable utensils and dinnerware. Big family picnic in the park? Sure you don’t want to lug around a heavy dinner set, but be aware of how much stuff you’re sending to the dump afterwards. Maybe you don’t have to take out the trash when you’re done, but that doesn’t mean you’re not responsible for how much you produce. The same rules apply here, if you can’t reuse it, recycle it and try to produce as little waste as necessary.
6) Paper towels are great, especially when wiping down the inside of pet cage. I definitely wouldn’t want to reuse that towel again, but you don’t have to use a new paper towel every time you dry your hands, clean the sink or wipe down the counters. Remember those cloth towels in the drawer, they work too. And you can use them again later which will also save you money in the long run.
I’m sure you’re getting the idea here, even lunches can be packed in reusable containers. In fact, I’m sure that sandwich will be less likely to end up squashed if you use a reusable plastic container instead of a baggy. Heck, you can even break it off with those pop bottles and cans, even if you don’t want to give up your soda drinking habits, new companies like Sodastream USA make it possible to even make your own pop! (Without HFCS or Aspartame!) Once again you save money, and since you’re reusing the bottles to make your next bottle of pop you reduce the amount of waste going to a landfill.
Many more things can also be recycled these days; stores recycle grocery bags, and companies like teracycle also recycle drink pouches, snack wrappers, cell phones and more! Yes disposable is sometimes more convenient, but once you throw it in that trash can, it doesn’t just disappear. It could end up in a landfill for hundreds of years and soon we’re just going to run out of room. Take into consideration the entire lifespan of the things you buy. Where and how it was manufactured, and what’s going to happen to it when you’re done with it are just as important as how you’re going to use it. If that’s not convincing enough (though it should be), just think of the money you’ll save! It doesn’t get any better than the old adage;
REDUCE ~ REUSE ~ RECYCLE
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The past year has been pretty huge for Captain Planet. Last September 15th marked the 20th anniversary of the pilot and the birth of the Planeteer Movement. Earth Week 2011 saw the release of Captain Planet on DVD for the first time ever. And now, the most-asked question regarding Captain Planet has finally been answered: “Will there ever be a Captain Planet movie?”
The answer is yes, as reported by Tuesday’s official press release. According to the release, the film is being produced by Angry Filmworks, the same team behind Michael Bay’s VFX-spectacled ‘Transformers’ trilogy. While Captain Planet’s not known for giant talking robots, it does have a huge mythology to lift from and can definitely make a big bang on the big screen. So with that, I give you my opinions on 5 Ways to Make the Captain Planet Movie Ridiculously Awesome!
1. Include the Planeteers
While it seems like a no-brainer, stranger things have happened in Hollywood. No Planeteers means no Captain Planet. That much of the mythology at least has to stay intact. Some of the show’s most dramatic moments were when a member had quit the team or couldn’t find their ring and therefore Captain Planet couldn’t be called when he was needed most. That’s cinematic gold, and that bit of dramatic tension adds a lot of depth. The Planeteers (as a metaphor for the audience) provide the whole meaning for the catchphrase, “The Power Is Yours!”
2. Don’t spend the whole film on the origin story
It seems to be the natural trend of superhero films to spend most of the first movie telling the hero’s origin and ending with the hero’s first real battle. But Captain Planet’s origin was covered in the first minute of every episode. It was kind of a thing. The movie could very well have an entirely new story (think like the most epic episode of Captain Planet ever) without focusing the entire film around the origin. It probably needs to be touched on, but that could easily be done during the film’s opening title sequence.
3. Let the villains team up
Captain Planet has an incredible rogue’s gallery featuring some of the most recognizable villains from our childhoods. Many modern superhero films focus on each film being about one villain, and are often criticized if the film has multiple villains (I for one, liked, Spider Man 3.) But the nature of most CP episodes was a teamup of various villains. It was kind of interesting how despite working independently, they did occasionally all join forces. I’d personally like to see Looten and Blight in the first film, but there’s been a lot of clamor for Captain Pollution on the Facebook Page.
4. Gaia is a goddess, not a Barbie
Time to get out the Sociology 1101 books. I’ve seen a few suggestions on message boards from people hoping for Gaia to be ‘hotter’ than she is in the show. Captain Planet was about breaking these kinds of trends and not always choosing the highest common denominator. Gaia doesn’t need to be a supermodel, she needs to be the Spirit of the Earth. She’s a powerful female character, and making her ‘hot’ would just be a little too patriarchal.
5. Provide some real-life food for thought
One of the great things about Captain Planet (the series) was that the story complimented the message. It was never too heavy-handed, but had enough substance so that when it’s over, you might remember a bit of what you saw and it might raise your awareness to certain issues. Two hours of film could easily be turned into a disaster movie, but the smart thing to do would be to provide thought-provoking scenarios that cause the viewer to ask, “What would I do in this situation?” The film has a chance not just to inspire children, but people of all ages – and if people can leave with a heightened awareness of their global footprint without seeming cumbersome, it might just be enough to cause a positive change. And that would really be something.
What do you think? Do you like these ideas, or do you have your own? Let us know in the comments!
Cartoon Network Signs with Angry Filmworks to Develop CAPTAIN PLANET
Live-Action Feature Film
Producer of Transformers Film Trilogy Tapped to Create Movie Based on World’s First Eco-Hero
Cartoon Network has signed a development agreement with action-adventure producer Don Murphy and partner Susan Montford and their company Angry Filmworks to develop a live-action motion picture based on the groundbreaking, environment-saving animated hero, Captain Planet and the Planeteers, it was announced today by Stuart Snyder, president and COO of Turner Broadcasting System Inc.’s Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media division (AYAKM). The agreement gives Murphy and his company the exclusive rights to develop and package the property and advance it towards production.
Murphy and Angry Filmworks are most notably credited for the highly successful action-adventure franchise, Transformers (2007), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011). Murphy and Montford together produced the upcoming Hugh Jackman blockbuster Real Steel with Executive Producer Steven Spielberg. The company also is responsible for such action-oriented films as Shoot ‘Em Up (2007), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), Apt Pupil (1998) and Natural Born Killers (1994). Angry Filmworks formed n 1998.
“The messages of Captain Planet are even more relevant today,” said Snyder. “We feel this team can bring the world’s first eco-hero to life in a powerful motion picture that is not only pertinent but entertaining.”
“We are extremely excited about bringing the good Captain back to life,” said Murphy. “His adventures are known worldwide and he is recognized across generations. We expect to make a spectacular series of films with the amazing team at Cartoon Network.”
“With the earthquakes, tornadoes, melting icebergs and all the other problems threatening the world right now, Earth really needs her greatest defender,” said Montford.
In an effort to inform younger viewers about serious environmental issues, legendary cable entrepreneur Ted Turner partnered with DIC Enterprises in 1990 to create the world’s first animated environmental series, Captain Planet and the Planeteers. The series was about a group of young people who combine their special powers (The Planeteers) to summon Captain Planet, an environmental superhero, to battle the world’s worst eco-villains.
Captain Planet and the Planeteers premiered in fall 1990, airing domestically and internationally in syndication and on cable networks TBS and TNT. Six full seasons of the series were produced in the original run of the series, featuring the voice talents of multiple guest celebrities, including Whoopi Goldberg (Gaia), Meg Ryan (Dr. Blight), Martin Sheen (Sly Sludge), Edward Asner (Hoggish Greedly), James Coburn (Looten Plunder), Dean Stockwell (Duke Nukem) and Sting (Zarm). Winning multiple Environmental Media Awards across its production, Captain Planet and the Planeteers also scored several Daytime Emmy nominations.
Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 99 million U.S. homes and 166 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for youth and families. Nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animated and live-action comedy programming for young adults 18-34.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.