The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation is to give the next
generation of environmental stewards an active understanding
and love for the natural world in which they live.
For over twenty-five years, we have been activating generations of environmentally literate citizens empowered to protect and sustain the natural systems upon which all life depends. Through our four main program areas, Captain Planet Foundation invests in high-quality, solution-based projects that inspire and teach youth to become collaborators and agents of change.
Why We Do It
The environmental challenges facing the planet today and into the foreseeable future defy old answers and rote solutions. Climate change, habitat and biodiversity loss, population growth and migration, resource depletion, globalization – these changes present complex problems that demand a different set of skills from the next generation of global citizens.
They need to be able to: think critically and creatively; examine and explore situations; innovate and design workable solutions; see the relationship between local and global systems and action. And maybe, most importantly, they need to be citizens who are motivated and activated to care; who have learned to embrace their empathy and work together to create a sustainable, liveable future for all inhabitants of the planet. These future leaders, professionals, scientists, and citizens are today’s PreK – 12th grade students. Captain Planet Foundation is committed to preparing them to be the positive agents of change required to create a life-sustaining civilization on this planet.
In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we have been taught. – Baba Dioum, conservationist, Senegal, Africa