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If you're like me, when you think of Captain Planet, you're hit with a wave of nostalgia for your 1990s childhood. But even if you're a bit older (or younger), I'll bet you're excited to hear that the world's first and only eco-superhero is turning 20 years old this month, and is getting a party to celebrate. The Captain Planet Foundation, an organization dedicated to educating youth about the environment, has declared September 15, 2010 "National Captain Planet Day." To mark the occasion, a group of adult "Planeteers" have created the website www.captainplanet.me.Captain Planet Day will be celebrated in Atlanta, where media mogul Ted Turner (one of our top 5 green billionaires) created the series. The occasion will be formally recognized at the Atlanta City Hall on September 7, when Councilman Kwanza Hall will present the first ever proclamation to an eco-superhero to Captain Planet. The superhero will also receive awards from the city's mayor and the governor of Georgia.
Captain Planet Day is meant to be more than a nostalgic party, however- it's a call to arms. The group behind Captain Planet @ 20 is calling on everyone to join their network of Planeteers, and they have plenty of volunteer opportunities. But if a little reminiscing will get you in the mood for action, visit Captain Planet @ 20 for some great stuff, including a video of Blossom's Mayim Bialik at the Captain Planet launch party, two decades ago. You can also watch old episodes on Boomerang.
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