September 15th, 1990.
That’s the day children around the world were introduced to the world’s first “eco” superhero. The first show to attempt to teach us about our surroundings, and how we could make a difference in them – even as children. The show that motivated us, inspired us, and told us “the power is yours.”
It’s hard to believe it’s been 22 years – after all, it doesn’t feel like that long ago I would play “Planeteers” with the other kids on the playground. You know, I don’t remember anyone ever being Cap; we wanted to be Planeteers. I was always fire.
Even more amazing to me is that today marks the second anniversary of the launch of the Planeteer Movement. A little over two years ago, I had begun working with Captain Planet co-creator Barbara Pyle on various projects when she began unveiling an idea that had been forming between her and a group of young people she had brought together.
A little back-story: Barbara, in her various travels, had both sought out and been sought out by young people who felt the show made a significant impact on their lives. They professed their “Planeteerdom” to her, that they believed the show was much more than a cult 90′s phenomenon, and had actually reached our generation deep down and changed the way we look at the world. She showed me a book she had put together, “The Moral Imperative to Bring Back Captain Planet,” dozens of pages long filled with quotes, emails, and testimonials from fans. This was not a one-or-two person thing. The idea that Captain Planet changed the way our generation perceives the environment literally extends across the globe.
A core team began to form, driven by the idea that if we could reach out to fans of the show who believed in the power of Captain Planet’s message, that message could live on through us. The Planeteer Movement, we decided to call it. Once we launched the webpage (the one you’re on right now) and began interacting with the fanbase, we saw it grow; and grow; and it continues to grow exponentially. I will never forget the incredible moment when Captain Planet hit 500,000 fans back in February – wow! In reality, there are many, many more fans out there – it’s been estimated that the show potentially reached a billion people in its original run. They may not have all added Cap on Facebook yet, but it’s been proven time and time again that our generation operates with an enhanced knowledge of environmental and social issues - because of the questions the show forced us to ask ourselves as children.
So here we are, at the 22nd anniversary of Captain Planet and the Planeteers, and the 2nd anniversary of the Planeteer Movement’s launch, on Captain Planet Day! If you believe that the show made you a stronger person, let’s continue to share Cap’s message. Show the series to your kids. Watch it with your friends. Look back, laugh, and enjoy what once was a staple of our childhoods and continues to live on inside us. Because we’re the Planeteers, and you can be one too.
Join series Co-Creator Barbara Pyle and Exec. Producer Nick Boxer today on Reddit for a fan Q&A where YOU ask the questions TODAY (Sept. 15th) at 3PM Eastern! Here’s the link: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/zxr0j/we_are_barbara_pyle_and_nick_boxer_cocreators_and/