Laura Turner Seydel
Laura inherited her passion for taking care of the planet from her dad, Ted Turner, the original Captain Planet. As children, her father instilled environmental stewardship into Laura and her siblings every chance he got. Growing up, when her family took a family beach vacation they had to commit at least one day to picking up litter along the beach. In the winter her family put on more layers, before just dialing up the thermostat. Despite his success, her dad drove the same old car he always had. Waste not, want not.
In 1990, her dad created the Captain Planet animated TV series with Barbara Pyle. Captain Planet is still in syndication around the world, and continues to inspire a new generation of Planeteers. Today, Laura has the honor of acting as Chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation which supports high-quality, hands-on environmental stewardship projects that have enabled more than 1.1M youth across the U.S. and around the world to make significant environmental improvements to their schools or communities.
Laura has dedicated her life to continuing her father’s legacy of environmentalism and humanitarianism. Captain Planet taught us that the Power is Ours, and she endeavors through education and outreach to leave this planet a place our children and grandchildren will want to inherit.