Flick Off

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FLICK OFF (flick off) is a Canadian advertising campaign launched by Key Gordon Communications. It is a movement to fight climate change by getting Canadians to use less energy.

Its sponsors include MuchMusic, Roots Canada, Environmental Defence Canada and the Government of Ontario. Some view this program as a continuation of the scrapped program One-Tonne Challenge in global perspective.

The motivation for the campaign is both to reduce energy consumption for its own sake and also with the aim of reducing carbon emissions to ultimately combat global warming.[1]

The website associated with the campaign is aimed specifically at young Canadians.[1] The website contains educational material about causes and consequences of global warming and strategies for reducing carbon emissions, and includes a "carbon calculator" called One Less Tonne to measure individual carbon dioxide emissions.

The website was launched by British entrepreneur Richard Branson and Ontario Environment Minister Laurel Broten in Toronto on April 25, 2007.[1]

According to the official website, the campaign is now in "hibernation".

Choice of name[edit]

The choice of the campaign's name is intended both as a reference to a light switch (reflecting the energy-conservation theme) and the exhortation "fuck off". This deliberate ambiguity is reflected in the design of the "Flick Off" logo, in which the L and I in "flick" are designed to resemble a U, in the branded promotional items for sale as part of the campaign, and in the website which features phrases like "are we flicked?". The power symbol used as an "o" in "off" may also represent a raised middle finger.[2]

The choice was criticized by several Ontario opposition politicians. In speaking of the campaign, Peter Kormos of the NDP said "It's silly, it's embarrassing, and clearly it's an ad agency that has a bunch of flickin' amateurs as employees."[2] Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty responded that "if people want to take offence at something, don't take offence at the "flick off" campaign. Take offence at the fact that we are, as a species, raising the temperature on our planet."[3] Toronto Sun lifestyle columnist and Burlington city council candidate Marianne Meed Ward responded that the debate over words was the privilege of the rich and pampered.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Flick Off site launched to promote emissions cuts". CBC News. 2007-04-25. Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  2. ^ a b "Critics want Ontario to 'Flick Off' campaign". CBC News. 2007-04-26. Retrieved 2007-04-27. [dead link]
  3. ^ Lindgren, April (2007-04-28). "McGuinty to critics of conservation campaign: Flick off". CanWest News Service. Retrieved 2007-04-30. 
  4. ^ Ward, Marianne Meed (2007-04-29). "Flick off, language police". Toronto Sun. Archived from the original on 2007-05-01. Retrieved 2007-04-30. 

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