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Stop The Drop

30/06/2014

Climate change, dredging and erosion were causing the Great Lakes to disappear before the eyes of the people who lived beside them. In 2013, Lake Huron’s water levels hit a record low.

 Idea

Stop The Drop was created to provoke government action on the issue. Their first task was to galvanize the people who cared most about Lake Huron. The problem was that the  lake-side community’s remote location and largely unplugged lifestyle made them hard to reach with traditional media.

So a cry for help from the lake itself was created. Five thousand letters were printed using clear ink that soaked all the way through the paper; normally an imperfect technique, it perfectly created the look of water trapped on the page. Then the letters were rolled and packed into glass bottles.
These were then distributed along the shoreline of the lake.

StopTheDrop_BottleBeachCloseUp           StopTheDrop_read2

Results

The messages in the bottles generated over 20,000 petition signatures and gave a lake without a voice a way it could be heard.

Our thoughts

Direct mail doesn’t necessarily have to be a letter in an envelope delivered to your door. It can be a message in a bottle. That’s what makes this idea so powerful. It is so evocative of all those old stories of shipwreck and castaways, when the only hope of rescue was to write a note and set it afloat on the sea.

It is not just relevant to the problem it is trying to solve but beautifully apt.

Agency:
john st, Toronto

Client: Stop The Drop

Product Environmental Charity

Title:
Stop The Drop

Media:
Ambient

Country:
Canada

Date of campaign:
July 2013

Creative

Executive Creative Directors: Angus Tucker, Stephen Jurisic

Art Director: Hannah Smit

Copywriter: Keri Zierler

Producer: Alisa Pellizzari

Assistant Producer: Madison Papple

Production

Videographer: Josh White and Nicole Dorsey

Printer: Flash Reproductions

Editor: Nicole Sison, School Editing

Other

Account Supervisor: Ben Prout, Sarah Chan

Account Coordinator: Sean Whelan

Patrick Collister
Patrick Collister

Editor Directory Magazine

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