The environmental impacts of corporate advertising

The original article is published at the Wellbeing Economy Alliance. This article includes data for additional cities. The problem It is not hard to find reasons to dislike some forms of advertising. Among other things, advertising impacts communities by: Conveying sexist stereotypes, which likely increase body dissatisfaction, depression and lower self-esteem among the young public.  Fueling social injustice by…Continue reading The environmental impacts of corporate advertising

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

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

The ads in Leeds consume as much electricity as … 3,300 people!

If you’ve been walking/biking/driving/existing around the streets of Leeds at night, you have definitely come across illuminated ads: either on bus shelters, big digital billboards, simple 6-sheet on the pavements… And have you ever stopped to think how much electricity is wasted on telling you what to buy and how to be? At AdBlock Leeds,…Continue reading The ads in Leeds consume as much electricity as … 3,300 people!

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’

A ban on SUV ads could help create the happier cities we want

Picture this: a luxuriously spacious car drives across a pristine landscape, with no other vehicle or person in sight. Gleaming metal and wheels move effortlessly along the open road, mountains frame the background, and there is an invitation to ‘seize the day’, ‘find freedom’ or ‘experience something different’. I’m sure you’ve passed an advert like…Continue reading A ban on SUV ads could help create the happier cities we want