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Janine, Andre are newest conservation youth envoys

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Kapuso stars Janine Gutierrez and Andre Paras have signed up as the newest ambassadors of World Wide Fund for Nature, the world’s leading conservation organization.

“Signed as the newest youth ambassadors of @wwfphilippines with @andreparas today!! So happy to be a panda and can’t wait to work with you guys on something I’ve always believed in!! Tara! First up, earth hour next week!

#EarthHourPH2017,” said Gutierrez on her Instagram.

The WFF said: “They will be working closely with our National Youth Council to amplify our message of transforming lives through environmental conservation and sustainable living. Join us in welcoming Janine and André to the WWF global family!”

Gutierrez currently stars in the popular afternoon drama “Legally Blind” while Paras is a regular performer in “Sunday All Stars.” Both shows air on GMA 7.

The first task of the Kapuso stars would be to promote Earth Hour Philippines on March 25.

On that day, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., Earth’s most iconic landmarks will once more switch-off their lights for Earth Hour 2017. Earth Hour Philippines’ main switch-off event shall be held at SM by the Bay, Mall of Asia Complex from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on March 25, Saturday night.

This year, there will be an Earth Hour Camp starting at 4 p.m. that will feature interactive climate adaptation and mitigation booths, specifically, native tree planting, renewable energy technologies, and disaster go-bag preparation.

A large focus of #EarthHourPH2017 will be on galvanizing the youth to be the climate leaders of tomorrow. Members of our National Youth Council will lead the Earth Hour Camp while two new WWF Youth Ambassadors will be introduced along with the official WWF-Philippines song. “While the theme of Earth Hour remains at Shining a Light on Climate Action, we took to heart the role of the youth as the key to further propel the country into a climate-resilient one. We continue to engage and encourage the public to emphasize that together, we thrive,” said WWF-Philippines President and CEO Joel Palma.

Last March 8, WWF National Ambassador Marc Nelson and WWF National Youth Council Chairperson Alexa Cancio led the launch of this year’s Earth Hour celebration. With a sneak peek of what is to come, everyone was abuzz with the Earth Hour camp to be spearheaded by the youth, and a switch-off powered by human energy to light up an image of the Earth, proving that together, Filipinos can shine a light on climate action.

Using the simple action of turning off lights for 60 minutes to deliver a powerful message about the need for decisive climate change solutions, Earth Hour has grown in the past decade from a symbolic switch-off event in Sydney, Australia to the world’s largest open-sourced environmental campaign, catalysing environmental and social projects with tangible outcomes, while mobilizing hundreds of millions of people in over 7,000 cities and 176 countries.

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