Laura Turner Seydel | CREDIT: ERIK VOSS/ CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVERKEEPER

For Laura Turner Seydel, Captain Planet Foundation chairperson and lifelong environmental advocate, the road to becoming a "climate hero" began as a child.

It all started with small steps -- like taking short showers and reveling in nature --before it evolved into the "climate hero" devoting her life to the matters of clean water for all, caretaking for nature and environmental justice across the board, she recently told People magazine.

"Taking care of the environment is in my DNA," Seydel, 59, tells PEOPLE in last week's issue. "We composted, weeded the yard instead of using chemicals, and my dad took us around our neighborhood to pick up trash. We learned from him that you take action. You don't let other people do the work for you."

Seydel credited her father Ted Turner and the Captain Planet Foundation, which he founded in 1991, as helping to develop her lifelong commitment to the environment.

Her journey is evidence that realizing that the "power is yours" at a young age truly makes the difference for years to come.

Read more about our very own climate hero in the full article here.

Also, if you're looking for ways to help Captain Planet Foundation, you can find out about sponsoring or participating in our 30th anniversary gala, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, here.