Mission: Captain planet foundation funds, supports and serves as a catalyst in the development of hands-on environmental projects for children and youth. The objective is to encourage innovative programs that empower children and youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. The focus is to educate and inspire children to become great stewards of the planet and live eco-friendly lives. Through environmental education, we believe that children can achieve a better understanding and appreciation for the world in which they live.
Programs: Grants are awarded to public schools and nonprofit organizations that serve youth in grades k-12 for hands-on environmental education projects. Grants are given based on the positive environmental impact that should result from the proposed project, the ability for the project to be sustainable over time and the project's effectiveness in using an investigative approach and student direct learning. Through the grants awarded, students have the opportunity to repair damage to ecosystems in their communities and in many cases prevent further deterioration. The students become more connected with their school and community surroundings while gaining the skills needed to apply what they learned in the classroom to situations in their everyday lives that require critical thinking and interpersonal skills.
Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) helps connect children to nature. I support and encourage their initiatives because I have seen positive results in my own child. There are school gardens at my daughter's school and she had been working with teachers and support staff on growing tomatoes and herbs. When the class harvested, the school had a chef come in to provide a demonstration from the foods harvested. The kids all tried a small vegetable salad and a hummus pita pocket, complete with those juicy cherry tomatoes. My daughter had been specifically refusing to eat anything red – tomatoes, spaghetti, even ketchup.
At the demonstration, she actually tried and ate the tomato. It provided a different vantage point and a little positive peer pressure to encourage healthy eating. We then decided to grow our own and have had success in incorporating fresh herbs, tomatoes, peppers and even an edible flower! I highly doubt this interest in homegrown vegetables, herbs and plants would have evolved had it not been for the combined efforts of the school and grants provided by CPF.