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25 Feb. 2014

Doing good deeds in the world


Emma Stone

Emma Stone

Oscar winner Jamie Foxx ("Ray") costars in Spider-Man2

Oscar winner Jamie Foxx (“Ray”) costars in Spider-Man2

Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone from the highly anticipated motion picture The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have chosen to back two separate projects on ‘Earth Hour Blue’, a new crowd funding and crowdsourcing platform for the planet. 

With a message to inspire individuals to use their power to become a Super Hero for the planet, the new platform launched from Earth Hour’s global headquarters in Singapore will allow anyone to use their voice or their dollar to take action and support projects across the globe.

Now run globally from Singapore at the heart of Asia, Earth Hour has rapidly grown to involve hundreds of millions of people from all walks of life and global landmarks across 7000 cities and towns and 154 countries and territories.

Andrew Garfield, who plays Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the upcoming movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2, is supporting the Earth Hour Blue project ‘A Flame Called Hope’. The project aims to provide clean bio-gas energy for local communities in Nepal, thereby reducing deforestation and providing an alternate means of livelihood for families in the area.

This bio-gas initiative will ultimately help transform the lives of children in communities of Nepal’s Terai Arc Landscape, by allowing them to go to school instead of accompanying their parents to collect firewood.

Children in a village in Nepal sent Andrew Garfield a personal heartfelt video message to support the project, and their message “I love you Spider-Man” shows that the impact of Super Heroes can reach far beyond fiction.

Garfield says: “Earth Hour is launching the world’s first crowdfunding and crowdsourcing platform for the planet, so you too can become a Super Hero just like Spider-Man.”

Emma Stone, who plays Gwen Stacy in the film, has chosen to support the Earth Hour Blue ‘Puppy Protectors’ project, which aims to train sniffer dog puppies and their handlers to track animals, find wildlife crime scenes, detect illegal trade items, and chase down poachers with the rangers on the frontlines of Chitwan National Park, Nepal.

WWF is working with governments across the globe to combat wildlife crime by protecting animals in their natural habitats, and is using sniffer dogs as a solution to finding poachers and illegal wildlife products around the world.

“Earth Hour gives you the power to inspire anyone, even if you’re just one person. And Earth Hour is much more than an hour. There are great projects from the crowd, for the planet, happening all over the world,” says Emma Stone.

Much of the success of Earth Hour has so far been fueled by the global mobilization of people across the world taking part in the annual ‘lights out event’, which will be held this year on March 29, 2014 at 8.30pm.

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Sandra Varner has had her hands on the pulse of the entertainment industry and lifestyles coverage for decades, staying current, always.

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