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Petition: Bristol: The City That Said No to Advertising

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831 signatures 831 online signatures
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Lead petitioner Nik Kieboom
Petition target Bristol City Council
Start date Mon, 19 Mar 12
Closing date Mon, 18 Mar 13
Last signatories
  • Bill Butcher
  • ruby fleming
  • gregory chauvet
  • Kevin Mahy
  • Marie Edwards
  • Rupert Jabelman
  • Ian Draper
  • Stefan Podolczuk
  • Fran Bolton
  • Maggie Shapland
Signature information

We, the undersigned, call for a ban on advertising in public spaces e.g. billboards.

Background information

People should have the freedom to choose when they are exposed to advertising. In public spaces we should be free from private and
commercial interest and advertising should not be allowed to disfigure our city.

In proposing this we are not suggesting that advertisers should stop advertising. Advertising should enable us, as individuals, to make an informed decision about what to buy and where the best deals are.

Consequently it clearly plays an important role in the economy.

However, excessive advertising encourages us to run ever faster on the treadmill of modern consumer life with damaging consequences. It contributes to growing consumer debt and to the consumption of ever increasing amounts of the earths - often finite - resources.

Additionally advertising is increasingly sowing the seeds of unhappiness by persuading the consumer to be dissatisfied with what they have got and so creating an artificial need to buy the next thing.

Evidence from the Good Childhood Inquiry indicates that the most vulnerable groups to commercial pressures - children and young people - show higher rates of mental health problems.

For more information see - The Advertising Effect - report on the right hand side of this page.

Removal of advertising in public spaces, such as billboards, would free us in our outdoor environment from the pressure to consume and allow us to see previously obscured parts of our city. Any remaining empty spaces can be filled with art, poetry and inspiring social campaigns (e.g. volunteering, encouraging recycling).

Currently there are laws on air pollution, noise pollution and light pollution - now is the time to take back our city from this visual pollution so that we can be citizens rather than just consumers. Sao Paulo, one of the largest cities in the world, managed it in 2006 and has never looked back since.

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