On Monday, Al Gore’s now widely shared new Ted Talk went live. The investments made by fossil fuel companies in comms halting progress is a central discussion point. There has been a distinctive focus in youth activist circles on systemic change - focusing on top polluting companies and fossil fuel. With this, a frustration on communications focused on individual change, and increased communications targeting ‘the real enemy.’
- Greenpeace has invested in epic creativity with its latest film ‘Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow’:“It exposes the grotesque behaviour of oil companies enjoying record profits while our world burns. But ultimately it is a story of hope: it points to the power in all of us to stop this recklessness.”
- The Glimpse Collective had its latest anti-greenwashing film removed from LinkedIn for being 'offensive to good taste'. It showed an ‘influencer’ puking oil, as she explains Shell’s positive impact work. The cut-through comms forcing us to beg the question - what is really offensive to good taste in a climate emergency?
THE EVERYDAY, DONE BETTER
“If your story is that it’s not up to you; I remind you of the saying, If not us — who? If not now — when?” Clover Hogan, Force of Nature.
- Colombian retailer Makro has created Life Extending Stickers to reduce the waste created by fruit and veg by educating people on how to use different items at different stages of ripeness. The sticker’s gradient matches the ripeness colour of various fruits and vegetables. Along the wheel, text shows you the best way to cook it at each colour: Bananas, for example, smoothly transition from green (fry it) to yellow (ice cream) to slightly brown (tempura) to brown (cupcake).
- THINKHOUSE is working with Irish retailer SuperValu to launch its new campaign ‘Local Action for Global Impact’ to support its goal of building sustainable and inclusive communities across the country. The campaign is designed to make it easy and desirable for SuperValu’s 2.7m customers and 16,000 retailer network staff across 228 stores to participate in Local Action for Global Impact.
- The Paris Metro transport system has shown how everyday commuting can generate cleaner energy, turning a daily necessity into an opportunity (if scaled across the network) for over 1.5Bn annual Metro travellers to unlock more sustainable choices in the everyday.
- Patagonia’s Buy Less, Demand More, addressing conscious consumption.
- SPOTLIGHT ON ADVERTISING
The next generation is becoming increasingly conscious of advertising tactics being used to uphold the status quo and resist change. As a result, we’re seeing emerging trends subverting and calling advertising out.
- Water filter brand Brita’s ‘Clear on Bottled Water’ campaign identifies the tactics that have sold plastic bottled water to the world - dubbed ‘the marketing trick of the century’.
- Badverts highlights the dangerous climate impacts of aviation advertising, creating alternative travel brochures.
This summer sees the Western world hit tipping points in climate impacts and consciousness. Beyond considering how your workforce and place will need to build its resilience into the future, it’s important to recognise how central this shift is to everything you work on from here on out. As always, transparency is top of mind for your youth audience.
Climate narratives need to evolve. Creativity is our superpower. Invest in storytelling and art to drive communication that is worthy of peoples’ attention and helpful to driving the change that is required of us all. Think action PLUS emotion.