What team makes recycling sound totes awesome? Why if it isn’t Captain Planet and the Planeteers of course!

Who would’ve thought that an American animated TV show would resonate so well with kids. Captain Planet is a form of edutainment and advocates environmentalism.

Gaia (voiced by my fave comedian Whoopi Goldberg) is the spirit of the Earth and is awakened from a long sleep. She sends five magic rings, four with the power to control an element of nature and one controlling the element of Heart to five chosen youths across the globe.

These five are dubbed the Planeteers and are tasked with defending the Earth from the greatest of disasters and making efforts to educate mankind.

Gaia uses her “Planet Vision” to discover where the most devastating destruction is occurring and sends the Planeteers to help solve the problem.

In situations that the Planeteers cannot resolve alone, they can combine their powers to summon Captain Planet, a magical entity who possesses all of their powers magnified, symbolizing the premise that the combined efforts of a team are stronger than its individual parts. He is able to rearrange his molecular structure to transform himself into the various powers and elements of nature.

Kwame: from Ghana, Africa possesses the power of Earth. He has a soft spot for plant life. Growing up in a tribe in his homeland he is at one with the land and its purpose and does what he can to preserve it.

Wheeler: from Brooklyn, New York Wheeler controls the power of Fire. He is the street-smart comic relief for the group who, while having his heart in the right place, tends to get himself into tight spots when acting impulsively.

Linka: from the Soviet Union, Linka has the power of Wind. Linka closely studies bird life and due to this is extremely emotional when pollution harms them. She is a master of strategy and logic, as well as a computer expert.

Gi: hailing from Thailand, Gi controls the power of Water. Gi is a self-proclaimed marine biologist. Her compassion for sea life contributes to the overall effort of the Planeteers’ protection of animals becoming extremely emotional when pollution affects them, especially dolphins. She also often works on the mechanical and forensic aspects for the team.

Ma-Ti: from the Amazon rain-forests Brazil Ma-Ti uses the power of Heart to instill caring, passion, and sympathy into the people of the world to care for the planet. He can also use this power to communicate with animals telepathically.

Captain Planet theme song

With your powers combined I am Captain Planet!

Captain Planet, he’s our hero
Gonna take pollution down to zero
He’s our powers magnified
And he’s fighting on the planet side

Captain Planet, he’s our hero
Gonna take pollution down to zero
Gonna help him put us under
Bad guys who like to loot and plunder

“You’ll pay for this Captain Planet!”

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!”


I think Ma-Ti got the short end of the stick… c’mon now. HEART a super power? You can’t blow anything up with that shiz.

Meanwhile I’ve got my own problems… just because I was the token Asian of the group I would always have to play Gi.

Just as bad when playing Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, I always had to play “yellow” ranger.

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