Online and mobile payment provider PayPal has been appointed the Official Payments Partner for Earth Hour Blue, the official global crowdfunding and crowdsourcing platform for Earth Hour that is launched from Singapore.
According to PayPal, it had processed US$4.9 billion worth of donations for charities globally last year. With more than 143 million active accounts in over 193 markets around the world, PayPal will empower international donors to contribute to the projects under Earth Hour Blue, driving conservation and environmental sustainability efforts.
"This partnership ensures that millions of customers around the world are able to contribute to Earth Hour Blue projects more securely and in just a few clicks, whether online or on their mobile devices," said Lawrence Chan, vice president of Asia Pacific Merchant Services and general manager for Southeast Asia & India at PayPal.
There are currently more than 15 projects which are live on earthhour.org/crowdfunding. They include "Bancas for the Philippines" which brings fibreglass boat technology to coastal communities in the Philippines ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan; "Stop the Killing" that aims to break down Southeast Asia's wildlife crime network; and the "Far-Eastern Leopard Reality-Show" which aims to restore the rare leopard population in the Sikhote-Alin region.
Screenshot of the "Stop the Killing" page on the Earth Hour Blue website. Credit to PayPal and Earth Hour.
Organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Earth Hour is a global movement which encourages everyone to turn off the lights for an hour to celebrate their commitment to the planet. This year, the event will be held next Saturday, 29 March 2014 at 8.30pm (Singapore time; UTC+8:00). As the home of Earth Hour, Singapore will hold its lights-off event at The Float @Marina Bay.