The Concept of responsible Advertising in Climate Change

THE WORLD IS HEATING UP AND NO ONE SEEMS TO BE TALKING ABOUT IT

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Advertising is beyond selling a product; it transcends connecting with the consumer; it is the ability to transform culture, effect a desired change, and compel people to take action. It is a no brainer to know that climate change is an important conversation in many parts of the world. The conversation, however, is seemingly silent in many parts of Africa, we be acting like it don’t concern us, truth is, as long as the continent remains afloat on the surface of the globe, it does. Otherwise, we all should build our own spaceship and move to Krypton, probably become Super Africans.

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This therefore makes it imperative for advertising agencies to champion the course by inducing and leading the conversation in Africa. Glaciers are melting, the earth crust is heating up, the ozone layer is depleting, and no one seems to be talking. I feel like even though we currently aren’t experiencing the harsh effects of climate change such as erratic thunder storms, heat waves, tsunamis and so on, Africa will still be dealt a huge a blow as we always get the worst end of the spoon.

Environmental economist Pavan Sukhdev in his book Corporation 2020 makes a compelling case for “responsible advertising”: a traffic-light system that highlights how long a product will last, where its materials come from and whether it can be recycled. Such an approach enables consumers to easily make purchasing decisions based on a brand’s ethical creds, meaning market forces would push advertisers into cleaning up their supply chains and operations. That would create much more impact than using marketing to merely start or support a debate - Bizcommunity.