Laura Seydel

Hi, I’m Laura

I inherited my passion for taking care of the planet from my dad, Ted Turner, the original Captain Planet. As children, my father instilled environmental stewardship into me and my siblings every chance he got. Growing up, when we took a family beach vacation we had to commit at least one day to picking up litter along the beach. In the winter we put on more layers, before just dialing up the thermostat. Despite his success, my dad drove the same old car he always had. Waste not, want not.

In 1990, my 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, I have 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.

I have dedicated my life to continuing my father’s legacy of environmentalism and humanitarianism. Captain Planet taught us that the Power is Ours, and I endeavor through education and outreach to leave this planet a place our children and grandchildren will want to inherit.

Laura Seydel
  • Captain Planet Foundation – Chairperson
  • Mother & Others for Clean Air – Co-founder
  • Chattahoochee Riverkeeper – Co-founder
  • Environmental Working Group – Director
  • Turner Foundation – Board Member
  • Jane Smith Turner Foundation – Board Member
  • Turner Endangered Species Fund – Board Member
  • Ted’s Montana Grill – Board Member
  • League of Conservation Voters – Board Member
  • League of Conservation Voters Education Fund – Vice Chair
  • Defenders of Wildlife – Board Member
  • Waterkeeper Alliance – Trustee
  • Carter Center Board of Councilors – Councilor
  • Ray C. Anderson Foundation – Advisory Board Member
  • Rotary Club of Downtown Atlanta – Member
  • Turner Enterprises, Inc. – Board Member

Organizations I’m Involved With

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. -- Native American Proverb