‘The Dead Wallabies’ Demand An End To Fossil Fuel Sponsorships

‘The Dead Wallabies’ Demand An End To Fossil Fuel Sponsorships
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As the Wallabies crash in the Rugby World Cup in France, an advertising industry collective highlighted another battle – to stop fossil fuel sponsorships.

The team of horrifying zombies, The Dead Wallabies, held a press conference at Federal Parliament House and starred in a hilarious short film, released today, to protest the national rugby team being sponsored by gas company Santos.

The Dead Wallabies was in support of the Fossil Ad Ban campaign which calls for tobacco-style restrictions on advertising and sponsorships by coal, oil and gas because of their climate and health impacts.

The Dead Wallabies is a collaboration between communications industry collective, Comms Declare and climate activist organisation, Rouser. Comms Declare members Alchemy One supported the project with a pro bono digital campaign and FIfty Acres did the publicity.

The Dead Wallabies press conference was covered across Sky News, Ten, Seven and Nine Newspapers. Comms Declare founder, Belinda Noble said: “This collaboration demonstrates how the combined efforts of people across the ad industry can change the conversation around the terrifying role of fossil fuels in global warming.”

“You don’t need to eat brains to know that oil and gas companies like Santos are sponsoring sports to delay climate action and ethical agencies are increasingly  stepping up to say ‘we need to be the solution, not the problem’.”

Rob Beamish, founder of Rouser said: “Fossil fuel sponsorship and advertising is insidious. It’s a manipulative tactic that props up fossil fuel companies’ social licence and delays urgent, drastic climate action at such a critical time.”

Dead Wallabies Film Credits

Client: Comms Declare

Project: Fossil Ad Ban

Creative: Rouser

Film production: Rouser

Director: Rob Beamish, Rouser

Producer: Cory Mulroney

Cinematographer: Shyam Ediriweera

Special effects: Make-up Effects Group

Editor: Marty Gilchrist, Puffin Post

Sound: Squeak E. Clean

Colourist: Sam McCarthy, Crayon

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