A few weeks ago a national campaign PosterFree.ie was launched, encouraging all candidates to go poster free, successfully securing 101 poster free areas.
This number equates to over 11% of 2018 Tidy Town entrants. PosterFree.ie is now calling for a national voluntary ban to ensure a poster free election. It is clear that both the environment and the
electorate want a poster free election.
In a recent Claire Byrne Live/ Amárach Research poll, 77% of respondents said that they thought the use of posters during election campaigns should be banned.
Similar results were replicated across six other facebook and twitter polls averaging above 90% in favour of a poster free election.
Since launch, the campaign has gained significant traction. In under 20 days the PosterFree launch video has been viewed over 27,500 times. PosterFree.ie has reached over 131,000
people online resulting in over 730 share and 575 website viewers. This generated five radio interviews and 22 online news articles, resulting in 101 areas and 19 candidates going poster
€3M Bill for Posters
In 2014, 2038 candidates ran for 750 seats erecting an estimated 600,000+ posters, covering the equivalent area of 23 Croke Parks. It is estimated that in 2019 numbers will be similar.
These posters, in 2014, produced 366 tonnes of C02, the same as driving an average car non-stop for 592 days.
The estimated cost of the posters in 2014 was €3 million.
There have been calls from both candidates and the public to avoid spending this money worsening our climate crisis and to divert it to more pressing issues.
Posters have been reported to be covering critical road signage, endangering our motorists. Cyclists have complained of posters being erected too low, blocking their path and putting them in
PosterFree.ie is a joint campaign by Séamus Maguire an Independent Donegal Councillor and David Weitbrecht of ZeroWaste.ie and they’re encouraging all candidates to go poster free this May in both local and European elections. For more information visit PosterFree’s Website: www.posterfree.ie
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