Stay Grounded Network Meeting

Fourth network meeting in Vienna, October 13-14, 2018

Aviation‘s climate impact will consume up to 22 % of our remaining carbon budget until 2050. To counter aviation and its climate impacts, we will host the fourth meeting globally connecting different movements, groups struggling against airports, environmental and transport NGOs, trade unions, and academics. Our goal is to learn from each other and hopefully find ways to rapidly reduce aviation, to stop false greenwashing solutions, and to promote more environmentally friendly transport and economic systems. The meeting will take place in parallel with the Back on Track Network meeting, fostering european cross-border train travel, in particular night trains, as an alternative to aviation. Feel welcome if you have already been working on topics related to airports, aviation, trains, or transport – or if you want to get engaged in the future.

How to rapidly reduce aviation?

At the first meeting, we exchanged experiences and discussed problems and obstacles we’re facing, and started discussing existing strategies to tackle aviation. The second meeting focused on adding visions and strategies to this analysis. We also discussed what we could do together in order to effectively encounter aviation and airport expansion, and support train traffic and other alternatives. In the third meeting in London the going public of our network was planned: the launch of a position paper, a website in combination with mapping of airport struggles and joint actions. In the fourth meeting in Vienna, we will focus the assessment of the network’s activities and the planning of next steps for 2019. We want to hold our meetings without flights therefore participation is also possible via online-conference.

Background of the network

STAY GROUNDED is an international network which aims to tackle the root causes of aviation growth and climate change, and strives towards an ecologically sustainable and just form of mobility. In fall 2016, while the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) discussed their greenwashed climate strategy the “Stay Grounded”, global coordinated actions at airports around the world took place. We released this video clip sending a clear message to the ICAO Assembly that we woun’t believe their greenwashing. The message of our petition: No false solutions! Emissions from aviation cannot be tackled through offsetting or dangerous biofuels, but rather by putting a limit to growth. This is how we started to work together and build an international network. The network allows for exchanging experiences, supporting each other, and building public pressure – both locally as well as on an international scale. We have an e-mail-list with around 130 participants, an online library to share documents, online discussions on obstacles, visions and strategies, as well as many plans for this year. The report “The Illusion of Green Flying” has also evolved throughout this process (EN,GE).

If you are interested in joining please contact Mira.Kapfinger(at)ftwatch.at