Adfree Cities Newsletter #1 – Jan 2021

Read on for exciting news about a new podcast on digital advertising screens, a job opportunity, and how to ask your local council to introduce restrictions on advertising.

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All Consuming: a new podcast on digital billboards

If you do one thing today, have a listen to the latest episode from Message Recall. This brilliant podcast series – created by members of Adblock Bristol – discusses the history, tactics, and psychology of advertising in public spaces. This episode looks at the evolution of digital billboards, their increasing dominance over public space and the impact on mental health and wider wellbeing. 

Job opportunity with Adfree Cities

We’re looking for a National Coordinator to join our team based in Bristol. This is a paid, part-time role to support groups around the UK campaigning for happier, healthier cities free from corporate outdoor advertising.

Could this be you, or someone you know? The deadline for applications is 25th January. See the job description and how to apply.

Ask your council for a low carbon advertising policy

Advertising influences us all, whether we like it or not. That’s why tobacco advertising was banned, and it’s why we need to see the back of adverts which are driving climate change – like fossil fuel companies, airline flights and SUVs. 

As landowners, local councils have power over who uses billboards, bus stop posters and digital advertising screens in their areas. So our friends at the Badvertising campaign have put together a toolkit to help councillors take action. Will you email your councillor today to share the toolkit with them, and ask them to implement a low carbon advertising policy in your area?

With thanks,

Nicola and the Adfree Cities team

Adfree Cities is a network of groups across the UK who are concerned about the impacts of corporate advertising on our health, wellbeing, environment, climate, communities and the local economy. We lobby for policy change at national and local levels, showcase alternatives, organise locally to stop new advertising sites in UK cities, and produce resources to raise awareness about the impacts of commercial advertising. 

Read our vision and values, and find out more in our FAQS.

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