Advertising and consumerism violate human rights and the environment – but international law gives us the tools to fight back.

A new advocacy guide reveals the devastating impact of advertising and consumerism on human rights and the environment, but shows how international human rights law can be a powerful tool in addressing the harm done.   ‘At What Cost? The impacts of advertising and consumerism on human, community and planetary well-being’ published by Adfree Cities, is…Continue reading Advertising and consumerism violate human rights and the environment – but international law gives us the tools to fight back.

Better without billboards: residents want North Street Green’s big brand ads to go

Residents near North Street Green are calling for two huge billboards to be removed. They want to get rid of the big corporate adverts and create a new improved vision for this valued green space, with the local community at its heart. North Street Green is on the border between Bedminster and Southville and makes…Continue reading Better without billboards: residents want North Street Green’s big brand ads to go

City council takes first step in tackling toxic ads

At its Cabinet meeting on 9th March 2021, Bristol City Council adopted a new Advertising and Sponsorship Policy which will apply to adverts under the Council’s direct control, including bus stop screens and billboards on Council land. It includes a ban on ads for junk food, alcohol, gambling, payday loans and adverts in parks. Local…Continue reading City council takes first step in tackling toxic ads

ASA Report: Too close for comfort - A look into the Advertising Standards Authority and the case for more controls on advertising

New report exposes failures of advertising regulator, ASA

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has come under fire for weak and slow enforcement of advertising rules, and for being in the pockets of the ad industry, in a new report out this week. The hard-hitting report analyses data on complaints to the ASA, revealing that only 22% of complained-about adverts are investigated and only…Continue reading New report exposes failures of advertising regulator, ASA

Digital billboard application receives over 200 objections from local residents

Update 4th March 2021: This planning application has been rejected by the planning officers at Bristol City Council. Over 240 objections were submitted. The planning officer noted: “The proposed advertisement, by virtue of its excessive size, illuminated nature and overall design, siting and appearance would represent a prominent and incongruous, poor quality, visually intrusive addition…Continue reading Digital billboard application receives over 200 objections from local residents

Campaigners reject HSBC’s ‘net-zero ambition’, targeting billboards over ‘climate colonialism’

Activists in 10 UK cities have covered billboards and bus stops with spoof HSBC adverts, accusing HSBC of ‘climate colonialism’ and demanding the bank end its financing of fossil fuels, detention centres and climate destruction. Over 250 billboards, bus stops and tube ads featuring HSBC advertisements have been hijacked (IMAGES HERE), including in London and…Continue reading Campaigners reject HSBC’s ‘net-zero ambition’, targeting billboards over ‘climate colonialism’