MANILA, Philippines – On Saturday, March 29, as Filipinos join other countries for the simultaneous switching of lights off, they will get a special message from Spider-Man himself.
A video of Hollywood actor Andew Garfield, who plays the title role in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, will be shown at the Eastwood Open Park in Quezon City, where Earth Hour will be observed from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm.
He will be in Singapore at that time with Spider-Man co-stars Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, and director Marc Webb. As the first superhero ambassador for Earth Hour, Spider-Man, is tasked to help switch off the lights across Singapore’s Marina Bay skyline.
At the Eastwood event in the Philippines, a recorded message from Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin – who will be at the International Space Station – will also be played. He will remind the world how beautiful yet fragile the planet looks from space.
Watch Spider-Man’s Earth Hour partnership video here:
Earth Hour, a flagship project of the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Singapore has become a global movement. Seven years after the first light was switched off in Australia, the initiative has created a massive ripple all over the globe, with numerous countries now preparing to switch off their famous landmarks.
The first major city to go dark will be Auckland in New Zealand, where the Sky Tower will switch off. Earth Hour will then move to Australia, where a massive candle lit display on the lawn of Parliament House in Canberra will spell out, “It’s Lights Out For The Reef.” A special documentary about the impact of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef will simultaneously be shown.
Also ready to switch off their lights are the world’s most iconic monuments, including Australia’s Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, Japan’s Tokyo Tower, China’s The Bird’s Nest in Beijing, Thailand’s Wat Arun Buddhist Temple, Malaysia’s The Petronas Twin Towers, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, South Africa’s Table Mountain, Vatican City’s St. Peter’s Basilica, Paris’ Eiffel Tower, Spain’s La Sagrada Familia, London’s Buckingham Palace, Scotland’s Edinburgh Castle, Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer (statue), Mexico’s The Angel of Independence, and the United States’ Empire State Building and Times Square in New York City, Los Angeles International Airport, the Las Vegas Strip, and even Niagara Falls.
According to Earth Hour CEO and co-founder Andy Ridley, the scale of this year’s event shows the movement’s evolution, powered by the people’s initiative.
“But in 2014 it is the stories and activities happening beyond the hour that show this event has evolved into a movement driven by the power of the crowd,” he said.
As a further testament to the impact of the event, the biggest Earth Hour logo in history has also been created in the city of Isfahan in Iran. The logo, measuring 2,800 square meters, was made out of a dried out river bed. – Rappler.com
Andrew Garfield photo from Shutterstock