It’s not often that Hollywood comes to Singapore. A real milestone was reached when Spider-Man and Singapore turned off the lights in the world’s largest Earth Hour celebration at The [email protected] Bay. A record number ofapproximately 9,000 attendees joined fans and supporters of WWF-Singapore and Spider-Man, along with the cast, director and producers of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 together with Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and Marc Webb. Singapore’s signature Marina Bay skyline plunged into darkness for an hour from 8.30-9.30pm. Over 600 organisations from Singapore also contributed to the largest offline and online social movement this year.
The Earth Hour lights off is an annual symbolic event that encourages the civic society to go beyond the hour and do their bit for the planet. This year it was observed from 8:30-9:30pm on Saturday, 29 March, and iconic buildings around the city-state such as Marina Bay Sands, ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Financial Centre, Marina Barrage, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Merlion Park, Singapore Flyer, Helix Bridge, The Fullerton Heritage properties and buildings in the Central Business District, turned their lights off in an iconic show of support and commitment for the Earth Hour movement.
Earth Hour this year also coincided with the culmination of Urban Redevelopment Authority’s i Light Marina Bay 2014, Asia’s only sustainable light art festival that showcases innovative content and the intelligent use of lighting, making this year’s celebration a remarkable visual treat.
“To witness Earth Hour in Singapore, the home and heart of this wonderful WWF organised initiative, makes a powerful impression on me. To see the people of this beautiful city-state, stand united in the common purpose of making those adjustments to their lifestyles that will help make deep, meaningful improvements to humanity’s impact on the planet, inspires me” WWF Director General Designate Dr. Marco Lambertini , from Singapore.
Earth Hour has grown into a global phenomenon that inspires people to spare a thought for Mother Earth. It now encompasses over 7,000 cities and towns in over 160 different countries and is participated in by hundreds of millions of participants across seven continents. The entire movement is run out of Singapore.
Let’s do our part and make little changes to our daily lives that reduce our carbon footprint (…and electricity bills as well). It’s the simple things like
Switching to LED lights
Using less plastic bags
Turning the Aircon up by 1 degree
Small changes that collectively make a big difference. You can be a superhero too #UseYourPowerSG
For those who don’t already know… Earth Hour is a global environmental movement of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) headquartered in Singapore. As one of the first open-sourced environmental campaigns, Earth Hour has grown from a symbolic event in one city into a global movement, crowdsourcing actions from individuals, businesses, organisations and governments to generate environmental outcomes. In 2014, the Earth Hour Blue sees the movement enter the most exciting stage of its evolution, to be at the forefront of crowd funding and crowdsourcing for causes, innovation and creativity for the planet. So let’s get started and make a change for a better planet… a better home.