The Power Is Yours!!


This post was written for Ek Titli, an organization working for the environment. For some reason, that didn’t happen and therefore am now publishing it here. But do check out their site. They are doing some awesome work.

Many of you will remember the series “Captain Planet” It was a cartoon that was aired on Cartoon Network. I know I would sound like an old man, but back then, the cartoons were better and the ones like Captain Planet, had some meaning attached to their creation. Sadly, nowadays, one can only see the smart ass comments of a certain Shinchan, who would get two slaps in the real world the moment he opens his mouth and other stuff that neither makes sense nor is funny. Sigh…those were the days….

Anyway, I will stop my memory train for a moment to write about what I wanted to. Who was Captain Planet? Every child who grew up in the 90s would remember it.


The Idea

The series can be described as an education skit in the form of animation. The animation ensured that the children were interested in it. The content was written in a fun manner that ended up teaching you something. I would like to describe it as the modern day version of a fairy tail. Each story had a moral attached to it.

The Theme
The basic theme of the series was simple. Gaia the spirit of the earth (Incidentally Gaia was the ancient Titan Goddess of Earth who through Kronos gave

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birth to Zeus, Hades and Posiedon, who started the pantheon of Olympus), is basically pissed off at the humans and the way they have screwed up the delicate balance of natures ecosystem.
So, she makes 5 rings and give it two five special people who feel for the Earth. Each ring has the power of an element. And when the elements were combined together, they summoned Captain Planet, the ultimate hero of the Earth.

The Characters
A story can not be made without characters. Characters that we can identify with. The five heroes were simple teens from different parts of the globe, who cared for their environment. And their adventures included saving rainforests to combating oil spills. Fight against poaching to nuclear wastes.
The villains of the series were called eco-terrorists, who made lengthy plans to pollute the earth and reign over it. It sounds sick, but you think about it, they are us. In many ways we are responsible for poaching, deforestation, oil spills, the overfilled landfills etc etc. So the villains in the series, showed us what we were doing.

The Moral
Each episode ended with the planet being safe and everything in balance. And after that, the Captain and the planeteers showed some environment healthy techniques. And each day they taught about something. Sometimes car pooling and sometimes recycling.

The Relevance
The series may have been pulled off air since a long time, but it is relevant even more these days. When we are facing acute environment problems daily, we need to educate school children about it at an early age. And what better a way than a half an hour cartoon film.

This Earth of ours has a very delicate balance, which we are destroying with our activities. It is our duty to ensure that the future generation who inherit it from us, don’t live in a home that is worse than hell. It is up to us now, to start making a difference. As the Captain and the Planeteers always sang:

 We’re the planeteers,
You can be one too!
‘Cause saving our planet is the thing to do,
Looting and polluting is not the way,
Hear what Captain Planet has to say:”THE POWER IS YOURS!!”

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10 Responses to “The Power Is Yours!!”
  1. Pzes says:

    Captain planet, he’s our hero. Gonna take pollution down to zero!

  2. Purbaray says:

    Hmm in the 90’s I was too busy getting married and being a Mom 🙂

    But the concept is very relevant, wonder why they stopped the series.

  3. If only captain planet had existed in real life too, we’d all be listed under the eco-terrorists trying to rob our mother earth.
    No wonder, captain planet became a victim too.

    Cheers,
    Blasphemous Aesthete

  4. Prateek says:

    I remember this. I remember this. I remember this. I never missed any episode of Captain Planet. It was Awesome. Yes, indeed, the series is relevant.

  5. Rinaya says:

    I so loveeeeethis show!Used to get so excited when the opening song played…& yeah thank you so much for this post..!!

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