– en español aquí –

12 – 14th of July 2019 in Barcelona

Since green growth and carbon neutral flights are an illusion, it is time to start a degrowth process of aviation. How can this look like? What are possible policy instruments that civil society should fight for, in order to put an end to the massive privileges of the aviation industry, and to bring forward a socially just and environmentally friendly transport system?

The Stay Grounded network, together with civil society organisations and the Institute for Ecological Sciences and Technology ICTA in Barcelona, organizes the conference Degrowth of Aviation. It brings together social movements, NGOs and scientists in order to discuss concrete measures and strategies to reduce air traffic. As Barcelona is one of the cities getting overcrowded by tourism, involving serious environmental, health, housing and other social problems, special links will be made to movements for a just and environmentally sound tourism.

A flight-free Conference

The conference will take place in Can Batlló, a community space in La Bordeta, Barcelona.

It will be a flight-free conference, which is why several sessions will involve online participation for those who live too far away. The conference will mainly be hold in English, with interpretation into Spanish and possibly other languages.

While Friday, 12th of July, will be public, the other sessions will be reserved for registered speakers and guests who will analyze measures and strategies in planned working groups. Find the program here.

The results of the conference will be published online and used for further campaigns.

Which measures are needed to reduce aviation?

The focus of the conference will be seven parallel expert working groups which will discuss 1) advantages, 2) disadvantages, 3) political feasibility, and 4) next steps/strategies around possible political measures to reduce aviation, like:

  1. Kerosene tax, ticket tax and VAT 
  2. Frequent flyer levy, progressive tax on flights and individual flying quotas
  3. Limits on domestic flights, short haul flights, and flights per city, airport, and low-cost airlines
  4. Institutional changes of travel policies
  5. Moratoria on and bans of new airport infrastructure and airports being scaled down and dismantled (e.g. regional airports)
  6. Fostering alternatives (e.g. night trains and buses in Europe, and ships using renewable gears)
  7. Caps on tourism

Find out more about the methodology of the conference here.


Please register here for the conference

The participation fee ranges between 10 and 50 €, depending on your personal budget – see registration. Food and coffee at the breaks are partially included in this fee. If you want support with finding a place to sleep, please indicate that in the registration and have a look at our proposals for accommodation.

We are still looking for volunteers, especially for interpretation, note-taking, and taking care of the online conference. In this case the participation is for free and we might be able to help you with the costs for train tickets and finding a free accommodation.

Contact: anne[at]stay-grounded[dot]org

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