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Public Service Announcements: Helping The Earth

Give a hoot, don’t pollute. People start pollution, people can stop it. Only you can prevent forest fires (and wildfires). Woodsy the Owl, Iron Eyes Cody, Smokey the Bear and others have spoken. Will you listen?

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1. Keeping America Beautiful: 3 Famous Icons Who Showed Us Their Love for Nature

Iron Eyes Cody (left), John Denver (center) and Woodsy the Owl (right). All icons for keeping America beautiful and clean...
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Iron Eyes Cody (left), John Denver (center) and Woodsy the Owl (right). All icons for keeping America beautiful and clean...

2. Keep America Beautiful - Crying Indian on Horseback - Iron Eyes Cody

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In 1971, the Keep America Beautiful organization aired a famous TV commercial of a Native American shedding a single tear at the sight of litter being dropped on the road. (In a follow-up ad, the Indian rides with a big smile through towns where people are cleaning up.)

It’s known as the “Crying Indian” ad, although it is called “People Start Pollution, People Can Stop It”.

3. Give A Hoot Don't Pollute - Woodsy The Owl 1965-1985

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A collection of Woodsy the Owl public service announcements from 1965-1985. Give a hoot, don’t pollute!

4. Make This Land Good Again | Pollution: Keep America Beautiful

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More than four decades ago, the Ad Council partnered with Keep America Beautiful to create a powerful visual image that dramatized how litter and other forms of pollution were hurting the environment, and how every individual has the responsibility to help protect it. The ad, which featured actor Iron Eyes Cody, first aired on Earth Day in 1971. Created by ad agency Marstellar, Inc., the campaign used the line “People Start Pollution. People can stop it”. The ad became one of the most memorable and successful campaigns in advertising history and was named one of the top 100 advertising campaigns of the 20th Century by Ad Age Magazine.

5. Vintage NWF PSAs: Muppets/Jim Henson

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Kermit, Fozzie and even Miss Piggy lend a hand to help the earth in these NWF PSAs from the 1980s.

National Wildlife Federation works on protecting wildlife and wild places.

6. Old Woodsy Owl PSAs

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A collection of PSAs about being good to the Earth with Woodsy the Owl — give a hoot, don’t pollute!

7. 1963 "Prayer" Smokey Bear Ad Council PSA

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A beautiful forest destroyed. Because someone was careless with a match, a smoke or a campfire. Now the birds and animals have no place to stay. Their food and home has been burned away. Please, make people be more careful.

8. Smokey Bear- Bambi (1964)

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Forest fires are serious business, and this PSA (which was made in 1964 with clips from the 1942 Disney film Bambi) proves it quite well..

9. "Deadliest Animals" PSA

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“Only people can prevent forest fires.” A 1970s era forest fire prevention public service announcement.

10. "AMERICA THE UGLY" Forest Fire Prevention PSA circa 1975 US Forest Service-Ad Council

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In this very powerful PSA, a map of America made entirely of matches burns up in smoke while you are reminded to prevent forest fires.

11. Smokey Bear - Vanishing (1969)

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Smokey reminds us that it can take a century to grow a tree, but only seconds to destroy one. Please visit Smokeybear.com to find out how YOU can prevent wildfires.

12. Smokey Bear - Animal Faces (1990)

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Imagine the forest without all the animals that we have come to know to live there. If you’re like Smokey, that is something that you just can’t let happen. Please visit Smokeybear.com to find out how you can prevent wildfires.

13. Pollution Is Never a Good Thing at All

As Iron Eyes Cody (born Espera Oscar de Corti April 3, 1904 — January 4, 1999) shows here, pollution definitely is a crying shame indeed..
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As Iron Eyes Cody (born Espera Oscar de Corti April 3, 1904 — January 4, 1999) shows here, pollution definitely is a crying shame indeed..

14. Make This Land Good Again | Pollution: Keep America Beautiful | Ad Council

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Some people have a deep, abiding respect for the natural beauty that was once this country. And some people don’t. People start pollution; people can stop it..

We Still Have So Far to Go

“When it comes to the battle against pollution and litter, all around us are reminders of how far we still have to go..”
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“When it comes to the battle against pollution and litter, all around us are reminders of how far we still have to go..”

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