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28 Of The Most Shocking Social Issue Ads That’ll Make You Stop And Think. #13 Is Horrifyingly True.

Most advertisements we experience today are trying to sell us products we don’t need and actually contribute nothing to our personal and social well-being.

There are a few exceptions though — that is, advertisements who are trying to wake us up to important social issues that should concern all of us.

Here’s list of such (shocking) public awareness ads that will for sure make you stop and think.

1. Torture Victims Are People Just Like You And Mesocial-issue-ads-1

Advertising Agency: Advico Y&R, Zurich, Switzerland

2. Stop The Violence: Don’t Drink And Drivesocial-issue-ads-2

Advertising Agency: Terremoto Propaganda, Curitiba, Brazil

3. World Wide Fund For Nature: Frightening vs. More Frighteningsocial-issue-ads-3

Advertising Agency: DDB&CO., Istanbul, Turkey

4. Your Skin Color Shouldn’t Dictate Your Futuresocial-issue-ads-4social-issue-ads-5

Advertising Agency: Publicis Conseil, Paris, France

5. Deforestation Continues With The Turn Of A Pagesocial-issue-ads-6

Advertising Agency: LINKSUS, Beijing, China

6. Air Pollution Kills 60.000 People A Yearsocial-issue-ads-7

Advertising Agency: unknown

7. Liking Isn’t Helping. Be A Volunteer. Change A Lifesocial-issue-ads-8

Advertising Agency: Publicis, Singapore

8. Save Paper – Save The Planetsocial-issue-ads-9

Advertising Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi, Copenhagen, Denmark

9. Bird Conservation: If You Don’t Pick It Up They Willsocial-issue-ads-10

Advertising Agency: TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris, Johannesburg, South Africa

10. Bangalore Traffic Police: Don’t Talk While Drivingsocial-issue-ads-11

Advertising Agency: Mudra Group, India

11. Child Soldiers: It’s Not Happening Here, But It’s Happening Nowsocial-issue-ads-12

Creative/Art director Pius Walker, Amnesty International, Switzerland.

12. Censorship Tells The Wrong Storysocial-issue-ads-13

Advertising Agency: Memac Ogilvy & Mather Dubai, UAE

13. Every 60 Seconds a Species Dies Out. Each Minute Countssocial-issue-ads-14

Advertising Agency: Scholz & Friends, Berlin, Germany

14. Distracted Driving: Think Of Both Sidessocial-issue-ads-15

Advertising Agency: Red Pepper, Ekaterinburg, Russia

15. Smoking Causes Premature Agingsocial-issue-ads-16

Advertising Agency: Euro RSCG Australia

16. Neglected Children Are Made To Feel Invisible. Stop Child Abuse Nowsocial-issue-ads-17

“To dramatize the issue of neglect, we placed mannequins dressed as children behind billposters. When the inevitable happened, we revealed a second message.” (Australian Childhood Foundation, JWT Melbourne)

17. Global Action In The Interest of Animals: Plastic Bags Killsocial-issue-ads-18

Advertising Agency: BBDO Malaysia, MALAYSIA, Kuala Lumpur / Advertising Agency: Duval Guillaume, Belgium

18. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society: When You See A Tuna, Think Pandasocial-issue-ads-19

Advertising Agency: Ogilvy & Mather, Singapore

19. Tailgating Isn’t Worth It. Give Trucks Roomsocial-issue-ads-20

Advertising Agency: Amélie Company, Denver, Colorado, USA

20. What Goes Around Comes Around. Keep The Sea Cleansocial-issue-ads-21social-issue-ads-22

Advertising Agency: JWT, Dubai, UAE

21. See how easy feeding the hungry can be?social-issue-ads-23

Advertising Agency: TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris, Johannesburg, South Africa

22. Causing Cancer By Yourselfsocial-issue-ads-24

Advertising Agency: Dentsu, Beijing, China

23. Deforestation And The Air We Breathe: Before It’s Too Latesocial-issue-ads-25

Advertising Agency: TBWA\PARIS, France

24. For The Homeless, Every Day Is A Strugglesocial-issue-ads-26

Advertising Agency: Clemenger BBDO, Melbourne, Australia

25. What Goes Around Comes Around: Stop The Iraq Warsocial-issue-ads-27

Advertising Agency: Big Ant International, New York, USA

26. UN Women: Auto-Complete Shows Perceptions Of Womensocial-issue-ads-29social-issue-ads-30

Advertising Agency: Ogilvy & Mather, Dubai, UAE

27. Animal Abuse And Shelters: Same Pet, Different Ownersocial-issue-ads-31social-issue-ads-32

Advertising Agency: TBWA-Santiago Mangada Puno, Philippines

28.Don’t Buy Exotic Animal Souvenirssocial-issue-ads-33

Advertising Agency: LOWE GGK, Warsaw, Poland


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