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gist: This Instructable gives you the tools you need to take climate action and pull off a Planet Riot: a Captain Planet + Pussy Riot mashup.

background: Captain Planet (the activist) is an environmental superhero from New Orleans attempting to inspire youth to take action on climate change - one of the greatest threats to human civilization in the 21st century. Inspired by the bold activism of the Russian punk rock group, Pussy Riot, and their song, "Like in a Red Prison," Captain Planet wrote a punk rock song about climate change: "Like on a Red Planet."

Here is the radio edit:

 
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Step 1: Assemble your team!

Characters:

Captain Planet and 5 Planeteers:

  1. Earth
  2. Fire
  3. Wind
  4. Water
  5. Heart

Costumes:

  • spandex CP suit (google)
  • 5 solid color shirts (planeteers)
  • 5 planet symbols (planeteers)
  • 5 rings (ring pops)
  • 6 Pussy Riot beanies
    • I purchased them from American Apparel
    • green, brown, red, white, blue, pink
    • Cut out holes on the eyes and mouth.

Step 2: Props

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I think an electric guitar or bass is a nice touch. The music (attached in the next step) will be dubbed over the video, so I wouldn't worry about an amp. To keep our dance moves to the beat for video editing purposes, I played the song on a bluetooth speaker.

To summarize, materials:

  • electric guitar/bass with strap
  • portable speaker
  • camera(s)
  • cardboard sign that you can prop up in front of you while you dance
  • (optional) Koch bros poster - check the zipped folder for 8.5/11" printouts

Step 3: Action!

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Play the Planet Riot mp4 (original and radio versions attached) on a portable speaker while you crazy dance in high-density and/or culturally relevant locations. The more passerbys or the more scenic, the better!

Here are the lyrics and here are the instrumentals.

  • outdoor markets
  • city councils/ state buildings
  • gas stations / Transcanada offices / etc.
  • busy street corners
  • indoor malls

 

Don't worry about getting the scene just right, but try filming the entire song in multiple locations so that you have lots of material to work with!

Edit the video clips and dub the Planet Riot music over the video. Post on the Captain Planet - activist facebook wall and/or tweet @goCAPTPlanet!

THE POWER IS YOURS!!