CULVER CITY, Calif., March 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- WWF's Earth Hour is set to break all records of participation in its eighth year, as Spider-Man tonight joined millions of everyday super heroes from across the world in the world's largest celebration for the planet.
The event that has evolved into the world's largest movement for the planet began its journey across more than 154 countries and territories from New Zealand, now sweeping across Asia with Spider-Man and the cast from the upcoming film The Amazing Spider-Man 2, including Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx, sending a message to the world that anyone can be a super hero for the planet from the global flagship Earth Hour event from WWF-Singapore. For their part, director Marc Webb and producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach ensured that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was produced in line with ambitious environmental best practices, ultimately delivering the most eco-friendly tentpole ever produced under the Columbia Pictures banner.
WWF's Earth Hour event in Singapore saw lights switched off across the famous Marina Bay skyline, joining the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, the Bird's Nest in Beijing, Taipei 101, The Wat Arun Buddhist Temple in Bangkok, the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur and more that have already taken part in the global celebration for the planet.
In Australia, a massive candle lit display on the lawn of Parliament House in Canberra spelt out, 'It's Lights Out For The Reef' as thousands across the country witnessed a special documentary about the impact of climate change on the threatened natural wonder the Great Barrier Reef."Tonight Earth Hour will be celebrated by every continent, and people in every corner of the world will be reaching across boundaries of culture, politics, race and religion to acknowledge the power we all have when we come together for this incredible planet. Earth Hour and lights off is a powerful reminder that we can help to deliver the solutions towards creating a more sustainable future for the planet," said Andy Ridley, CEO and CoFounder of Earth Hour. As the lights now switch off at India Gate, the beyond the hour focus for children will be felt with WWF-India's year-long education campaign for a monumental 15,000 schools across India who are switching off for Earth Hour and switching on to more energy efficient practices. Swayambhunath Temple in Kathmandu is set to come alive for Earth Hour, as WWF-Nepal kickstarts their target of reaching 500,000 people in the country to lead environmental change through The Generation Green Campaign. Jamie Foxx who plays Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, said "It's time to conserve, protect, and enjoy this planet of ours. Never underestimate your power, never underestimate what you can do." Tonight in Chicago, which represents the U.S. as World Wildlife Fund's 2014 Earth Hour Capital, Spider-Man will help to flip the ceremonial switch to turn off the lights in the city as guests are able to learn about how they can be a super hero for the planet by taking actions to realize the goal of a sustainable Chicago. Participating landmarks in Chicago include Willis Tower, John Hancock Center, and portions of Navy Pier. This year, WWF-Nepal also has the enlisted the help of none other than Spider-Man himself to support their Earth Hour Blue crowdfunding project, 'A Flame Called Hope'. This project supported by Andrew Garfield aims to provide clean biogas energy to villages in Nepal's Terai Arc. "Earth Hour is a fantastic movement that has been created about conservation of our planet, which is something that should be on the top of our list as human beings. Let's remember that the Earth is not ours, we are of this Earth. We all have a responsibility to each other in preserving our home, so it's amazing to be a part of Earth Hour to help send that message," said Andrew Garfield. Earth Hour has now begun to trend worldwide, with participants sharing their event experience and commitment for the planet across social media platforms that connect the world.