We are writing this just after the biggest storm in the UK in three decades. The storm brought a lot of damage. It also did not spare the huge billboards and other advertising infrastructure either. Billboards that have been damaged by the storm (or other circumstances) – beyond repair – may have actually lost the right to be there. These are billboards without express consent … Continue reading Can a damaged billboard stay?
The answer is simple: yes. However, applications to replace a paper billboard with a digital one regularly claim that “the replacement will be like-for-like” or that “there is no evidence that a digital billboard is more distracting than a paper advert”. The goal of this blog post is to debunk this myth. What does research say? With ads being so omnipresent all over our roads, … Continue reading Are digital billboards more dangerous for road users than paper ones?
Hi AdBlockers, One argument that we hear a lot about why it is ok to have ads in the city is that “it brings money to the council”, so we decided to write a blog post debunking that myth. But before we get started, let’s tell you two of the things that came out from our research: It is very hard to put numbers on … Continue reading The financial “benefits” of having ads in Leeds
A lot of the outdoors advertising in Leeds never received approval through the planning portal. Instead, it appeared one day, it stayed long enough and after ten years received its legal status, under what is called “deemed consent”. In an initiative that we call “AdBlock Detectives”, we screen the streets of Leeds for unauthorised ads and demand that they are removed. In this post, we … Continue reading AdBlock Detectives on deemed consent ads
What is AdBlock Leeds? We are a group of volunteers based in Leeds that aims to reduce the ever-growing number of ads that we see in our streets. We have a positive vision for Leeds where local communities and residents are empowered to chose how to use their public spaces with sustainability as a core value. What’s wrong with ads? Ads are incompatible with living … Continue reading Frequently asked questions
The original article is published at the Wellbeing Economy Alliance. This article includes data for additional cities. Photo credit: Ad-free 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 being more present in less … Continue reading The environmental impacts of corporate advertising
Hi AdBlockers, We recently discovered that several digital ads on bus stops do not respect the conditions under which they were granted planning permission. We are calling out on you, Leeds residents, to help us find as many of those ads as we can so that we report them to the Leeds City Council. What is the issue? As you have probably figured out, digital … Continue reading Several digital bus stops in Leeds are breaching planning regulations
Note: in a previous version of this article, we estimated that the ads in Leeds consumed as much as 8,000 residents. After reviewing some of the assumptions and with the most up to date energy numbers, the total amount is about 3,300 residents. This difference is mostly because we now do not compensate for the fact that our database does not contain all ads in … Continue reading The ads in Leeds consume as much electricity as … 3,300 people!
Imagine a city free from corporate advertising… Online conference, free to attend. Register to receive joining details. Sessions 11am – 12 noon. Stop adverts fuelling the climate emergency: How to persuade your local council to introduce curbs on advertising for high carbon products. Part of the ‘Badvertising’ campaign with New Weather Institute and Possible. 1pm – 2pm: Street art tour: Travel the UK with us (virtually!) to see some inspiring examples of people … Continue reading Save the date: Adfree cities conference online coming up
If not ads, what do we want to see in our public spaces? If you’ve been with us for some time, you probably know already that we at AdBlock Leeds don’t particularly like having our public spaces crammed with aggressive ads. But this is not all. It is not just that we are against corporate advertising. It is more that corporate advertising is incompatible with … Continue reading Rethinking public spaces in cities