I must admit, Captain Planet was a bit before my time, and I wasn’t really allowed to watch TV anyways. But my boyfriend Eoin is a big fan and through him I have just learned the most amazing thing — our new president is the reincarnation of Hoggish Greedly, the “eco-villain” of the show
According to Wikipedia, Hoggish Greedly is the first eco-villain that the Planeteers must defeat, a “pig-like human who represents the dangers of overconsumption and greed.”
Oh. My. 😜
Let me be clear, my intention is to spread good vibes to my friends who are sad today. I harbor zero aspirations to change people’s mind who think what happened today is ok. If I did, I’d take a different tack. And honestly I probably wouldn’t try. Because time and the climate will do that for us.
So, here’s the good news about President Greedly:
- The bad guys never win.
The Planeteers do, always. Why? Because they have Gaia (the spirit of the planet) on their side. And despite the heavy misanthropy I am sure many of you are feeling today, please remember this: overall progress is happening across the world. We have less violent crime, war and disease than at any other time in history. More women are going to school, and more nature is currently protected than ever before. When we come together, we realize that actually, we all want the same things—safety, food, shelter, a bright future for our children, and the next season of Game of Thrones to start already. And then we build from there, and make good things happen. We are doing this.
2. We needed a scapegoat.
With or without today’s decision to back out of an agreement that represents the very least we could be doing, things with climate were going to get worse before they get better. And with today’s absurd speech, President Greedly assured that he will serve as the planet’s scapegoat when it does.
We needed this — it ensures we won’t all just turn on each other when things get worse. Think about all those crazy videos of Hitler, and everyone is like: “Wow that guy made the Holocaust and World War II happen—I hate him.”
It will be like that…except instead of targeting a certain demographic, President Greedly just put the entirety of life on this planet — including the human species — in his crosshairs. Lord help his descendants.
3. The pendulum always swings back the other way.
I firmly believe that the further President Hoggish Greedly pushes us down this destructive, short-sighted path, the faster and further the pendulum will swing back the other way. So while it hurts so much right now, the impact of that hurt is the millions of people who are getting organized, training to run for office, and getting involved in policy. And we will push the pendulum back.
None of this is to say we shouldn’t be sad. We can be sad. Our feelings are certainly justified. And it’s not to say we shouldn’t fight back. We must.
This “pig-like human who represents the dangers of overconsumption and greed” will be defeated—if we all band together, overcoming our differences in unity to save the planet we all call home—just like the Planeteers. As the show’s catchphrase goes: