THE REVERSE GLOBAL WARMING PROJECT

Short List
TitleTHE REVERSE GLOBAL WARMING PROJECT
ClientGREENPEACE INTERNATIONAL GREENPEACE AUSTRALIA PACIFIC
Product / ServiceTHE REVERSE GLOBAL WARMING PROJECT
CategoryC03. Exhibitions / Installations
EntrantOGILVY SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE
Idea Creation OGILVY SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE
Production HAM CREATIONS Singapore, SINGAPORE
Production 2 INSERT COIN Singapore, SINGAPORE
Production 3 THE VISUAL ASYLUM Sydney, AUSTRALIA
Production 4 EBERWEIN FILM Dusseldorf, GERMANY
Production 5 FREEFLOW PRODUCTIONS Singapore, SINGAPORE

The Campaign

How do we demonstrate that even a small contribution can have a big impact in the fight to reverse global warming? We developed an installation that showed people the positive effects of their contribution, just as they made them. One that, at first, features water dripping from an iceberg. But when someone made a pledge or a small donation with their mobile phone, the drops of water would immediately reverse, seemingly defying the laws of gravity. This mesmerizing experience was made possible by the use of stroboscopic motion technology that could only be activated by a mobile device. It is the first time the technology has ever been used to such effect.

The Brief

The total campaign came up to S$60,000 – with no media cost since the clients had their own media sponsors.

Creative Execution

The installation was made with a combination of strobe lights pulsing at extremely high frequencies, and a water pump, pre-programmed to control the rate of water drops. By adjusting these pulses of light, we could determine how the water appeared to move. People were invited to reverse the effects of global warming by using their mobile phones to make a pledge or a small donation via NFC or QR code. Doing so triggered the pulses of light to change its frequency, so that the water appeared to “reverse”. It is the first time an outdoor installation has used stroboscopic motion to such effect. Originally deployed at one of Sydney’s busiest districts, the overwhelming response over three days meant that it toured other major cities like Singapore and Munich, culminating to the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, where world leaders gathered to discuss the biggest challenges facing our environment.

Describe the success of the promotion with both client and consumer including some quantifiable results

Over the course of 6 months, the project managed to collect a total of 370,000 pledges from the public. The installation garnered approximately 12 million online impressions, with videos, gifs and boomerangs most heavily shared by those on the ground. The word of mouth on social media resulted in an 18% spike in visits to the Reverse Global Warming Project and Save the Arctic websites, constituting a significant portion of the petition numbers. Most crucially, supporters, activists and world leaders—such as Executive Secretary of United Nations Monique Barbut and Uganda State Minister for Environment Mary Kitutu—welcomed our installation at the 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany; which saw 20 countries coming together to form an alliance to accelerate climate protection.

Explain why the method of promotion was most relevant to the product or service

To get world leaders to take positive climate change action, Greenpeace needed the public’s support in the form of pledges. So we designed an installation that demonstrated the impact of people’s contribution, just as they made them. And did it in an absolutely mind-boggling way.

77% of Australians believe climate change is occurring. And while 90% of them feel it is the authorities’ responsibility to drive action, few are aware of how they could influence a positive outcome (Climate Institute of Australia, 2016). Our project targeted the Passive Activists: Australians who knew and had a point of view about global warming, but weren’t taking any sort of action yet. This group was the “lowest hanging fruit” who presented the biggest growth opportunity for the climate change movement in Australia. They are mostly millennials, who live for instant gratification and who are incredibly social media savvy. Based on the data gathered, we adopted a two-fold approach: immediacy and talk-worthiness—show people the positive impact of their contribution as they make them, in a way that captivates them enough to share the experience on social media.

Credits

Name Company Position
Eugene Cheong Ogilvy & Mather Singapore Chief Creative Officer
Melvyn Lim Ogilvy & Mather Singapore Co-Chief Creative Officer
Xander Lee Ogilvy & Mather Singapore Creative Director
Augustus Sung Ogilvy & Mather Singapore Senior Copywriter
Nico Tangara Ogilvy & Mather Singapore Senior Art Director
Tze Jie Sie Ogilvy & Mather Singapore Copywriter
Chris Riley Ogilvy & Mather Singapore Group Chairman
Alvin Chin Ogilvy & Mather Singapore Regional Head of Creative Services
Wilfred Soo Ham Creations Managing Director
David Teo Insert Coin Director
Henry Gaunt The Visual Asylum CEO
Luke Benfield The Visual Asylum Director
Daniel Toelke Eberwein Film Director
Spencer Wong Freeflow Productions Director
Omar De Vera Freeflow Productions Senior Editor
Ong Wei Ting Freeflow Productions Senior Producer
Jay Sy Freeflow Productions Senior Editor
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