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Toronto’s john st. Uses Simple Analogy to Promote Sustainable Fishing for WWF Canada

Toronto-based, WPP-owned john st. came up with a clever way to spread the message about sustainable fishing for WWF Canada.

In their new 1:16 animated spot they show a tractor with an enormous net engulfing everything in its path as a way of harvesting crops. They then pose the question: “We don’t farm like this. So why do we fish like this?” A bit hyperbolic perhaps, but effective at communicating their message.

The importance of sustainable fishing is a growing issue everywhere, with the disastrous effects of overfishing becoming readily apparent. Yet, it’s also something a lot of people are still uninformed about. Showing unsustainable fishing techniques applied to farming — in a very literal (some may say over-simplified) way — gives an easy to understand visual demonstration of the environmental harm caused by reckless fishing practices, one that anyone can understand. The spot ends by giving viewers an alternative to supporting reckless fishing practices: choosing MSC certified sustainable seafood. Credits after the jump.

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John st. Pom-Poms Earth Hour

We’ve covered past john st. efforts, original campaigns that are usually quirky and honest without forcing the issue. The Toront-based agency’s newest fare, “Earth Hour Cheerspiration,” comes on the heels of a WPP takeover. And even though it’s too early to thumb the corporate acquisition for a change in creativity, ”Cheerspiration,” as you can see in the above video, lacks the off-beat humor we’ve come to expect from john st.

The spot is meant to promote Earth Hour for WWF Canada, when those interested will conserve energy by shutting off all lights for one hour on the night of March 23 (for reference, check out this previous Earth Hour work from TVF and Hot Chip). Associating the unwavering pep of five loud cheerleaders with an important cause seems misguided at best, especially since it’s not easy to understand their hollering and, well, they’re cheerleaders. They’re stereotypically dumb–not saying that’s true–and only likable to jocks and teenage girls who thought Bring It On was a great movie. Not sure what the connection is to Earth Hour–maybe there is no connection? But if that’s the case, then why?

Dare I say it…even couchgating was more entertaining, and that’s been my gold standard of witless advertising. Here’s to hoping for better work next time, john st. Two more “Cheerspiration” spots and credits after the jump.

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Out with the New, In with the Old for National Sweater Day

Turn up those hearing aids…Toronto agency john st. has brought back its Granny-themed National Sweater Day campaign for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Ruth, Florence, Audrey, and a few other lovely ladies from Granny Call Centre 82.0 are back to convince Canadians to wear sweaters and lower the heater on Feb. 7 in an effort to save energy. You should check out the campaign’s site to meet all the grannies and read background info for the cause. You also have the option of nominating your own grandmother if she’s into ugly sweaters and environmental awareness.

The aforementioned john st. which recently amused us with its “Buyral” spoof, tapped into the secret of advertising for this one: Either cute babies or charming grandparents equals success. The only thing missing from the videos is a cutaway to cute babies in ugly sweaters. That would’ve been the equivalent of back-to-back Bingo’s in the nursing home. But the National Sweater Day campaign is still a smart revival for a good cause. Betty White better watch her back. Credits after the jump.

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