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Planeteers Essay

1376 words - 6 pages

Jessica V.
ENV 105
section# 22641

Captain Planet seeks Planeteers with real super hero powers
In the early 90s, the animated environmentalist television program Captain Planet and the Planeteers gained worldwide popularity; the show immediately grabs your attention from the opening theme.
“Our world is in peril; Gaia, the spirit of the Earth, can no longer stand the terrible destruction plaguing our planet. She sends magic five rings to 5 special young people” (A Hero for Earth. Captain Planet and the Planeteers. TBS. 15 September 1990. Television.)
In 2013 those 5 special young people sold the rings on EBay to pay off student loans and credit card ...view middle of the document...

This documentary influenced the world in that major fast food companies restructured their menus and did away with super-sized portions of food items that were high in fat; they became more health conscious by adding healthier meal options and displaying the caloric content. Unfortunately, the movies that were made about the torturing and slaughtering of animals in order to attain the “high quality” steaks, burgers, and chicken one craves on a daily basis were not as highly publicized and backed up by the media in order to reach a greater audience. According to the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), “In order to convince meat-eaters to stop eating animals, vegetarian options must be convenient and available in the places where meat-eaters munch. There will never be vegan or vegetarian options at restaurant chains unless vegetarians and vegans support them.” PETA even goes as far as listing the many restaurants that incorporate vegetarian and vegan items that include Baskin Robbins, Burger King, Chipotle and Taco Bell. These fast food chains have proven to have at least one cruelty free item on their menus but one item isn’t what brings in the crowd. To draw the potential customers into restaurants you have to make the right commercial so that you grab your audiences’ attention and get them excited enough to purchase your menu items. One particular commercial featured basketball pro Lebron James eating a Big Mac; When the audience sees their favorite stars eating already popular menu items then fast food chains are put in the position of selling food items that already sell themselves. The flame broiled veggie burgers don’t appear in any commercials or even on YouTube or have any celebrity endorsers. If fast food restaurants really want to show the world that they are truly supporting the cause of cruelty-free consumption then they would have to create more cruelty-free menu options and market them to the world with commercials that feature public figures that the media follows.
Sustainability is the long term maintenance of the environment. Emphasis on the long term which requires commitment and in a world with fifty one percent divorce rates, commitment isn’t really our strong suit. The key is to adopt sustainable practices that become routine. For instance, a huge sacrifice made that positively aided in the fight against air pollution was the introduction of hybrid electric vehicles in 1997 by Japan’s Toyota. Hybrid cars have built in electric propulsion systems that allow one to get more mileage for the gas purchased. An economy sized car that is not a hybrid car can get up to 35 miles per gallon; whereas the same economy sized hybrid car will get 95 miles per gallon. This translates to less gas emission and pollution in the air as well as more money saved from not buying as much gas and on one’s yearly tax credit, for driving a hybrid car, of up to $3,400. The world’s bestselling hybrid car remains to be the Toyota Prius thus...

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