I’ve never understood why we allow so much advertising in our lives. Thankfully, I live in a small town without that much of it, but it’s always a massive culture shock when I go to a city. So I very much support this campaign led by Charlotte Gage of Adfree Cities.
Related: over the last few years, I’ve got my kids into the habit of pressing the mute button during advert breaks on TV. This makes the adverts seem even more ridiculous, allows for conversation, and still allows you to see when the programme you’re watching comes back on!
“These ads are in the public space without any consultation about what is shown on them,” she says. “Plus they cause light pollution, and the ads are for things people can’t afford, or don’t need.”
Ms Gage is the network director of UK pressure group Adfree Cities, which wants a complete ban on all outdoor corporate advertising. This would also apply to the sides of buses, and on the London Underground and other rail and metro systems.
Ms Gage says that while there are “ethical issues with junk food ads, pay day loans and high-carbon products [in particular], people would rather see community ads and art rather than have multi-billion dollar companies putting logos and images everywhere”.
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