People Are Awesome: The Georgia Army National Guard’s Real-Life Captain Planet People Are Awesome: The Georgia Army National Guard’s Real-Life Captain Planet
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People Are Awesome: The Georgia Army National Guard’s Real-Life Captain Planet

by Elizabeth Hagen

May 6, 2012

Lane's church’s congregants have started bringing him their old potato chip wrappers and empty Bic pens to recycle for them. Lane packs it up into boxes and ships it to New Jersey. Last year, he shipped over 300 boxes, and of course he brings them to his local UPS by bicycle. In all, he’s earned $2,500 to fund eco-improvements for his church, like solar panels and a 450-gallon cistern to catch rainwater.

As Lane tells his 5- and 9-year-olds, trash doesn’t need to happen. "Some of their friends come over and we're like, 'Look, we don't throw things away here. We throw nothing away, because unless it's food, or it was food, we can sell it,'" says Lane, who’s now studying for a graduate certificate in sustainability.

For Lane, a guy as worried about human apathy as his bottle caps ending up in an albatross’ throat, when it comes to saving the planet, there’s no time to waste. 

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People Are Awesome: The Georgia Army National Guard’s Real-Life Captain Planet