Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez add muscle to WWF's marine conservation campaign

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"It's about education. Once exposed to it and realize the effects of what they can do and how they're related to the environment, then they want to do the right thing. Pinoys always love to do the right thing, and it's just a matter of letting them know," say television host and model Marc Nelson. Marc and good friend Rovilson Fernandez have been picked to serve as the World Wide Fund for Nature National Ambassadors here in the Philippines.


Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez are now calling out for a healthy environment.

The two well-known fitness and television personalities were recently chosen by the World Wide Fund for Nature to serve as the country's first National Ambassadors.

Founded in April 29, 1961 by Julian Huxley, Max Nicholson, Peter Scott, and Guy Mountfort in Switzerland, the World Wide Fund for Nature or WWF has become a global name synonymous with the preservation of the environment against devastation.

WWF CEO and President Lory Tan said in a statement that Marc and Rovilson fit the bill as National Ambassadors since both are very much aware of the predicament facing marine life particularly here in the country.

Rovilson and Marc are ardent travelers, and their hosting gigs likewise allow them to visit various locations outside Metro Manila.

Marc told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal): "We're both very concerned about the environment and, of course, with all the travelling that we do and being in the natural environment quite often, we can see that we really need to take good care of it.

"On my part, at least, I've been an avid scuba diver since I was a little kid.

"So, for me, taking care of the marine reefs—particularly here in the Philippines, which is made up of so many islands—is very important, not only for visual purposes but also with the livelihood that is attached to that."

Rovilson feels blessed to have been given the opportunity to help raise awareness on an area of the environment that's considered one of the world's great concerns.

Although the duo's main focus will be here in the Philippines, Rovilson says that the issue is "on a global level" and that being chosen to represent the advocacy, alongside foreign celebrity counterparts, is a big honor.

On top of Marc and Rovilson's agenda is the I Click, I Save campaign, which aims to encourage young urban professionals to participate in the effort through the website www.wwf.orh.ph/donate.

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Donation proceeds will be used to fund the organization's conservation initiatives in such marine-protected areas as—Palawan, Apo Reef in Mindoro, Donsol in Sorsogon, and Sulu Sea's Tubbataha Reef.

The National Ambassadors will likewise embark on school visits to spread knowledge and information about the importance of conserving marine life and the environment as a whole.

"Here in the Philippines, they want to, I guess, make WWF a little bit familiar to the laymen," Marc notes. "So having Rovilson and I as National Ambassadors, hopefully we'll be able to connect to the everyday man and hopefully we'll be able to explain to them more about what the WWF's purpose is."

Marc and Rovilson echo the sentiment that while the general public needs to be informed about WWF's existence and objectives, the alarming effects of global warning—as proven by the calamities of recent years—are all there for us to contemplate.

"It's common sense, really," Marc says. "We're trying to push common sense. I mean, I'm not the smartest guy and I'm not a scientist, but I know what can destroy the earth. And most people know it too!"

Adds Rovilson: "It is important for many of us to understand that each of us must contribute, even in little ways, to preserving our environment for future generations."


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