Bristol petition: let’s end advertising for climate-wrecking products

Right now, Bristol City Council is drafting a new policy that will decide what can and can’t be advertised on sites that it controls – including many billboards and bus stops across the city.

We’re calling on the Council to show national leadership and end advertising for high carbon products such as:

  • ads for airlines and airports
  • fossil fuel company ads like BP and Shell
  • ads for petrol, diesel and hybrid cars.

We know these products are worsening air pollution and accelerating dangerous climate breakdown. Making low-carbon decisions isn’t easy; and we need to stop advertisers making it harder by glamourising these harmful products.

We welcome the statement in Bristol’s One City Climate Strategy in February 2020 which resolved to:

  • “[Develop] a citywide shared understanding and commitment to responsible consumption (including lower carbon food and reduced flying), which acknowledges the generally lower impact of lower income households; and
  • “[Create] advertising standards and restrictions to support responsible consumption.”

The municipality of Amsterdam recently passed a similar motion on advertising in December 2020. We encourage Bristol Council to become the first UK city to do the same.

We are hoping to get as many signatures as possible ahead of a Bristol City Council Cabinet meeting on 9th March 2021, where we will submit this petition.

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