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May 13th, 2014

38 Degrees members campaign to ban adverts in Exeter

By Rebecca Falcon

38 Degrees members in Exeter have started a petition asking Exeter City Council to ban all advertising in public outdoor spaces.

Lots of other cities around the world, like Sao Paolo in Brazil, have already banned outdoor adverts. And in the UK, Plymouth has stopped all adverts for pay-day loan companies.

Here’s what Maurice, from Exeter says:

“Advertising should not be allowed to disfigure our city. In an increasingly commercialised world, people should have the freedom to choose when they are exposed to advertising.

Removing advertising in public spaces, such as billboards, would free us from the pressure to consume, and allow us to see previously obscured parts of our city. Imaging how much more beautiful our city could be if it were not covered up by ugly advertising hoardings.”

What do you think? Would Exeter be better off without outdoor adverts? They’ve started their campaign on Campaigns by You, the part of the 38 Degrees website where anyone can start a petition on issues that matter to them. If you’d like to sign their petition, you can click here.

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