Captain Planet to Star Trek: Celebrate Earth Day with these 8 vintage PSAs

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Sep 17, 2020, 12:50 PM EDT (Updated)

Never underestimate the power of a good public service announcement. In the '80s and '90s, the PSA movement was at its peak. Most of them were targeted toward children as a way to prevent future bad behavior. They educated kids about everything from violence to drugs and, in this case, the environment.

Today is Earth Day, and it seemed like a prime opportunity to take a trip down memory lane. Back in the day, almost every popular superhero known to man was featured in a PSA. There was no escaping them. G.I. Joe wasn't the only one trying to send a message.

Below, we've dug up eight videos that are anti-pollution, pro-recycling or just pro-Earth. Love the planet, guys. It's the only home we have.

Here are a few wise words from Captain Planet.

In case you didn't know, littering is bad because the Power Rangers said so.


For goodness' sake, someone save the rain forests. The Ninja Turtles can't do it alone.

He-Man and his pals want you to respect all living things.

Who knew a smart aleck like ALF cared about the environment?

The Muppets have been fans of Earth Day for decades.

The stars of NBC's Community hate graffiti in this G.I. Joe style PSA.

Captain Kirk can see Earth's pollution all the way from space. That's a problem.

What was your favorite PSA as a kid? Let us know in the comments!

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