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These 34 Shockingly Brutal Advertisements will Change the Way You Look at the World

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Sometimes as humans we forget just how big of an impact we do/can have on the world around us. That’s why these advertisements are so impactful. They remind us of our mortality, our responsibility to others and how insignificant some of our own problems really are. They’re like a smack in the face with perception.

Take a look at all 34 of these social awareness advertisements, and let us know in the comment section how they made you think differently about the world in which we live.

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What initially seems like an ad discouraging littering is actually far deeper. This ad from the Surfrider Foundation wants us to completely alter our consumption practices to eliminate as much plastic usage as we can. Would you eat a plastic bag? No? Then why should our sea life?

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Responsible pet ownership isn’t just about spaying or neutering our furry family members; it starts with our ability to care for them at all.

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Autofill predicts what you want to say, and, according it Volkswagen, it can also predict the future if we’re irresponsible.

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You can’t be in such a hurry that it’s worth risking the life of children. You owe it to them to obey the traffic laws.

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In case you weren’t already aware, drug abuse often shortens our lives significantly, even without overdosing. Drugs kill, people.

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Life on this planet began in our oceans, and our entire existence is owed to them. Don’t ruin them, because we still rely on aquatic life for our food cycles to survive.

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The Second Amendment protects our right to own firearms, but it’s our responsibility to make sure they’re secure and used responsibly.

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Abuse doesn’t just affect one person. It’s a pervasive practice that won’t end until everyone does their part.

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We’re all guilty of leaving lights on when we leave a room, but have you ever considered what kind of impact that can have over your lifetime? Leaving lights on increases demand for electricity, which increases the burning of fossil fuels and that pollutes our entire earth.

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You won’t need your organs when you’re gone, so you might as well leave them behind for someone else to use.

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Stuttering isn’t a choice, and your time isn’t so valuable that you can justify being rude and impatient with people who suffer from this problem.

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Cyclists have a responsibility on the roads too. Obey the traffic laws for crying out loud.

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When it doubt, hail a cab or call Uber. An abrupt face-to-face meeting with a tree isn’t the best thing for your health.

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If you can afford to be on the internet you can afford to do something to help fight hunger across the globe.

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A little bit of pollution goes a long way.

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Did you know when you’re too close to a semi-truck the driver can’t see you in their mirrors? Tailgating won’t make the truck driver go any faster, and all it does is risk your life and theirs.

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Even though this ad isn’t asking for it, imagine the impact we can have on someone’s day if we all worked just a little bit to help them.

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Driving home the fact that sustainable energy is right at our fingertips. All we have to do is demand it.

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Label me guilty as charged. Who else needs this reminder?

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Who else never thought of unhealthy eating as the same as taking a bullet to the heart? Both kill, but heart disease does it more.

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Don’t be ashamed if your child has special needs because of autism. It isn’t their fault, and you owe it to both them and yourself to get the help your child needs.

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Imaging walking through a public park and stepping on a landmine. This is a reality for some people.

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The Pacific bluefin tuna is in serious trouble. We can all do our part to reduce the overfishing of this beautiful species by refusing to consume it.

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It’s not a matter of if smoking with ruin your health but when.

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Now you see; now you don’t. Even one drink can end in disaster — for someone else.

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A broken spine isn’t worth the comfort of not having your seatbelt on.

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This cannot be stressed enough. Littering is lazy and, no pun intended, trashy.

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Water isn’t a renewable resource, and there is only a finite amount of it for our consumption.

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Don’t just help cure hunger in New York; help cure it everywhere. Hunger doesn’t just affect the homeless. There are millions of hungry children in this country. When was the last time you couldn’t eat?

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Nothing is so important that you should be risking your life and the lives of those around you.

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Fewer bombs and more negotiations.

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This ad is beautiful in so many ways, but it’s also downright scary.

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No, that’s not a gun, but reckless driving is just as deadly.

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