Robin Wood: Meat Deforestation

April 21, 2020Filed under Print and Public Interest, NGO
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"Every serving comes with a price: beef is one of the main causes for the destruction of our natural forests."

ROBIN WOOD and Serviceplan Campaign X Draw Attention to Deforestation Caused by Cattle Farming for Meat Consumption

In many parts of the world deforestation of natural forests is progressing at a relentless pace.  Tropical forests in South America in particular are being cleared - mostly illegally - to make room for cattle farms and soya plantations. Serviceplan Campaign X has developed a striking print campaign for the environmental and nature conservation organization ROBIN WOOD, which effectively visualizes the devastating effects of deforestation.

Using the claim "Every Serving Comes With a Price", Serviceplan Campaign X has developed a campaign for the German environmental NGO ROBIN WOOD that illustrates the immense damage done to forest areas by deforestation due to cattle farming. 

In South America, cattle breeding and soybean cultivation are the main causes for the - mostly illegal - deforestation and slash-and-burn clearing of tropical forest areas. Still very present are the pictures from last year, when slash-and-burn in the Amazon region was considered one of the causes of the most devastating forest fires in years.  A study released in September 2019 by the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) stated that over 125.000ha of forest were both cleared in early 2019 and then burnt at the beginning of the Amazon's dry season, as land owners claimed new land for agriculture and pasture using the slash-and-burn technique. (source: https://maaproject.org/2019/amazon-fires-deforestation/)

The campaign was launched as a print ad and OoH. A comprehensive social media campaign (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) will follow in the coming weeks. For more information about Robin Wood go to: https://www.robinwood.de

Based on the visual similarity of the texture of meat to deforested and burnt forest soil, motifs were developed to illustrate the contrast between culinary pleasure and destruction.

Fenna Otten, ROBIN WOOD's Tropical Forest Advisor, says: "It is very important to us to stop the large-scale deforestation of tropical forests for meat production. We can only achieve this if we make consumers aware of the effects that unchecked meat consumption has on the environment. This is why we have launched a campaign with powerful visual motifs that encourage consumers to rethink their own behaviour.”

Markus Maczey, Creative Managing Director of Serviceplan Campaign X adds: "The basic idea of the campaign is to work with detailed and photorealistic illustrations, which at first glance entice with something appetizing, but then, with a delay, reveal their visual drama. This creates a surprise effect and enhances the impact of the motifs. In the course of the picture, what appears to be an enticing piece of meat for consumption, morphs into memorials of the devastating forest destruction.”

Advertising Agency:Serviceplan Campaign X, Munich, Germany
Chief Creative Officer:Alex Schill
Chief Creative Officer Germany:Matthias Harbeck  
Creative Managing Director:Markus Maczey, Hans-Peter Sporer
Executive Creative Director:Luitgard Hagl
Management Supervisor:Julian Rinnewitz
Senior Art Director:Michael Lux
Junior Copywriter:Jan Cordes
Junior Art Director:Norman Neblich
Junior Account Manager:Sophia Goossens
Group Head Consultant & Planner & Creative Media Manager:Jonas Binder
Producer:Geert Jansen
Photographer:Fulco Smit Roeters
Illustrator:Fulco Smit Roeters
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