Who will save the world? –from the missing hero to the index of Captain Planet


  • Ádám Nagy Óbuda University
  • Mariann Fekete University of Szeged
  • Péter Tóth Széchenyi István University




Captain Planet is a superhero, who is the main character of the animated series having the same title. The focus is on environmental protection and diverse social problems; the only weak point of the Captain is polluted environment which noticeably weakens him. Each episode of the animated series deals with environmental issues like deforestation, air or water pollution, overpopulation. Large-scale youth research has been conducted in Hungary every four year since 2000. The representative sample on age, gender, education, type of settlement, place of residence (district / city) among 15-29 year olds are used to learn about the life situation of young people, to follow their lifestyle changes and (in theory) to prepare (typically public policy) decision-making. The most important events and specific problems of Hungarian youngsters aged 15-29. 8000 youngsters were examined in 2020 as well,   We use the data of wave the 2020 large scale Hungarian Youth Research for mapping the „Hungarian Captain Planet”. We found, that H. Captain Planet does not belong to climate-fighter Generation Z, but youngsters aged 25-29 who are highly educated, who have a stable financial situation, who are not inactive, that is they either study or work (one third of youngsters belong to this group (32%)). It may be a commonplace, however, it was managed to prove this commonplace scientifically.  

Author Biographies

Ádám Nagy, Óbuda University

He was born in 1972 in Budapest. He earned six degrees in a wide variety of fields. He received his doctorate and habilitation in education, and was previously the president of the National Civil Fund and hold a Bolyai scholarship holder of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He is currently a research professor at Óbuda University and a youth policy advisor in Budapest, a member of the board of the Hungarian Pedagogical Association.

Mariann Fekete, University of Szeged

Sociologist, assistant professor at the University of Szeged. She obtained her diploma there, and then obtained her PhD degree at the Doctoral School of Sociology at ELTE. She teaches sociology of youth and education, as well as methodological subjects. Her research area: cultural consumption in the digital age, generational leisure activities, youth leisure spaces.

Péter Tóth, Széchenyi István University

He was born in 1977 in Győr. He obtained his degrees in sociology and history at ELTE. He started his research career in Győr at the Regional Research Center of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Currently, as a university associate professor at the Apáczai Csere János Faculty of Széchenyi István University, he is the head of the sociology course. His research areas: local societies, information society, the relationship between societies and technology.