North Somerset Council passed a motion on 19th July 2021 to introduce a ‘Low Carbon Advertising Policy’ on the advertising sites it manages. This should see an end to adverts for high carbon industries such as petrol and diesel cars, airlines, airports and fossil fuel companies. North Somerset joins Liverpool and Norwich city councils who…Continue reading North Somerset Council votes to end ads for high carbon products
A greenwashing advert in Wembley Stadium during UEFA Euros 2020 has prompted the latest call for the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to crack down on greenwashing, including at major sporting events. Advertising and sponsorship in sport was brought into the spotlight recently, when Ronaldo raised eyebrows and lowered Coca-Cola’s market value by moving two bottles…Continue reading Airline misleads Euros football fans with pitchside greenwash
“The large electronic form with LED technology and changing images, would be substantially more distracting than the existing numerous print-based advertisements.” More than 230 Bristol residents who objected to a proposed digital screen on Bedminster Down Road were relieved to hear that the ad company’s appeal was dismissed last week. The giant screen, which had been…Continue reading Relief as new digital ad screen at busy Bristol junction is refused at appeal
Norwich City councillors have unanimously voted to limit harmful categories of advertising and sponsorship such as gambling, junk food and environmentally-damaging products. The motion passed at a full council meeting on 29th June 2021. The Labour-run Cabinet is now tasked with scoping options for future implementation. Further campaigning and lobbying of the Council will be…Continue reading Norwich Council votes to limit harmful advertising
Update 15th June 2021: Following the refusal of planning permission by Bristol City Council in March 2021, billboard company JCDecaux has appealed to the Planning Inspectorate to over-turn the Council’s decision. The appeal is being dealt with through the ‘Commercial Appeals Process’. Adblock Bristol are looking into options. Update 4th March 2021: This planning application…Continue reading Digital billboard application receives over 240 objections from local residents in Bristol
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.