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How to get involved in countering airline adverts

How to get involved in countering airline adverts

In April over 30 groups took part in the International Week of Action Against Airline Advertising, Sponsorship and Greenwash. Here's a recap of the week, some key learnings and steps you can take to get involved in the movement to counter fossil ads.  The problem with...

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Court prohibits Eurowings greenwashing adverts

Court prohibits Eurowings greenwashing adverts

German airline, Eurowings, has been prohibited from advertising flights as “CO2 neutral” through carbon offsetting, by Cologne Regional Court  Eurowings had misled customers with its greenwashing claims, the court ruled Forest offsetting projects are unsuitable for...

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Mass civil disobedience at Belgium airports and protests against destructive mega projects in Mexico highlighting aviation as the pinnacle of climate injustice

Mass civil disobedience at Belgium airports and protests against destructive mega projects in Mexico highlighting aviation as the pinnacle of climate injustice

Activists from across Europe took action at Liège Airport Hundreds of activists have been arrested in Antwerp after being targeted by police In Mexico, several actions are taking place against the new Tulum International Airport 16th December 2023: Today, supporters...

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Eindhoven Airport bans private jets

Eindhoven Airport bans private jets

In another win in the Netherlands, Eindhoven Airport announced today that it intends to ban private jets from the airport from 2026, with the exclusion of electric aircraft. This is not perfect, given the announcement is neither legally binding nor inclusive of all...

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Aviation: A Matter of Climate Injustice

Aviation: A Matter of Climate Injustice

Aviation is the pinnacle of climate injustice. But what specifically is climate justice, why is flying one of the gravest examples of it, and how can we achieve climate justice? What is climate (in)justice? We are living in times of deep ecological and climate...

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French organisations stage week of actions

French organisations stage week of actions

This post was written by Rester sure Terre and originally posted on their site Responding to the call of the European Union against Aerial Nuisance (UECNA), several dozen associations and collectives gathered from May 9 to 14 and held around twenty demonstrations in...

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UK aviation groups come together in London

UK aviation groups come together in London

Written by Stephen Clarke (on behalf of BAAN - Bristol Airport Action Network). A gathering of more than 15 campaigning groups concerned with the growth of the aviation industry took place in London on April 21st, followed by a huge March Against Airport Expansion and...

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Who Greases the Wheels of Deportation Flights?

Who Greases the Wheels of Deportation Flights?

Here we present a summary of Corporate Watch’s original post from 06 Jan 2023: Air Partner and Carlson Wagonlit are the grease spinning the wheels of the UK deportation machine through the Home Office and have been organising logistics for mass-deportation flights for...

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20+ Actions against Private Jets

20+ Actions against Private Jets

Love in Action: Climate Activists and Scientists Target Private Jets on Valentine's Day Today, several blockades of private jet terminals took place around the globe. Protestors call for a ban on private jets, the taxation of frequent flyers and that polluters pay for...

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September 10-17 – Let’s counter aviation ads!

September 10-17 – Let’s counter aviation ads!

Let’s call out the aviation industry’s greenwashed advertisements! Take part September 10-17! Grassroots groups around Europe* will be taking action September 10 – 17 to oppose fossil fuel advertising in support of the European Citizens Initiative to #BanFossilAds....

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A Ferry-Tale & Railway Story

A Ferry-Tale & Railway Story

I didn’t think it was possible to get to the Canary Islands so quickly. The Canaries are basically next to West Sahara and 4.000 kilometres from the Stay Grounded office in Vienna, Austria. It only took us four and a half days to get there. Of course compared to a...

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Young People in France Ready to Fly Less

Young People in France Ready to Fly Less

This summary article was first posted on Greenpeace France's website. You can find it here in French.  This research on the travel practices of young French people, entrusted by Greenpeace France to L'Obsoco, analyzes the tourist practices of young people with regard...

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Engaging aviation workers and trade unions

Engaging aviation workers and trade unions

Climate campaigners are coalescing around an agenda of no expansion of airports and the need for a long-term reduction of aviation. However, not all of these campaigns have incorporated worker perspectives to better understand the impact on jobs and changes to local...

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26 COPs and still climate breakdown not arrested!

26 COPs and still climate breakdown not arrested!

A blog post by Stay Grounded member RisingTideUK So, the mouldy green dust of the "climate Davos" has settled on another COP "negotiation". 27 years on and the story is still: can; kick; road. Rather than consigning coal, oil and gas to the past, the first mention in...

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Webinar: Is the industry greenwashing aviation?

Webinar: Is the industry greenwashing aviation?

For decades we have witnessed massive growth rates in aviation without any meaningful attempt from neither industry nor government to deal with it’s damaging climate impact. The short pause through Covid was directly followed by massive and unconditional bailouts from...

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The Troubling Story of Aviation‘s Greenwashing

The Troubling Story of Aviation‘s Greenwashing

Greenwashing is the corporate practice of making diverting sustainability claims to cover up a questionable environmental record. While there‘s a long record of oil companies misleading the public, it is now time to shed a light on the airline and airport industry‘s...

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Safe Landing: A Just Transition with Aviation Workers

Safe Landing: A Just Transition with Aviation Workers

How do we envision a transition process that cares for the climate and the people whose livelihoods depend on aviation and tourism? How can this be done together with workers and trade unions, instead of against them? And what can we learn from the coal transition...

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Underwater runways

Underwater runways

This article first appeared on the Flight Free UK blog and is published here with friendly permission and minor edit. Airlines have finally realised that climate change is a problem. The rest of us cottoned onto this a few decades ago now, so it’s nice of them to...

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Lives over Profit – People over Planes

Lives over Profit – People over Planes

The last remaining families that resist an airport expansion, at Vila Nazaré, Porto Alegre, Brazil, are currently being cited to appear to online hearings concerning their dispossession. In spite of the extremely high Covid-19 cases in Porto Alegre, the families who...

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This is your pilot speaking

This is your pilot speaking

This is your pilot speaking: brace for the greatest emergency of our lives Written by the pilot Dan Tipney It might seem hard to believe that just 17% of the global population have ever set foot on a commercial aircraft. However, no doubt like many who read this, for...

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Protest flour against Vienna Airport Expansion

Protest flour against Vienna Airport Expansion

In Austria, a coalition of local producers, citizens' initiatives and climate activists created the "3rd Runway Flour" made from organic wheat grown on the fields that Vienna International Airport wants to seal for a planned third runway. With the 3rd runway flour,...

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Understanding Greenwashing and False Solutions

Understanding Greenwashing and False Solutions

The aviation industry is engaged in a concerted global greenwashing campaign to divert attention from the immense climate impact of air traffic. More worryingly still, UN body for civil aviation has developed a worldwide climate mitigation plan which does not cut...

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Frequent Flyer Levy: Tackling the Injustice of Flying

Frequent Flyer Levy: Tackling the Injustice of Flying

Air travel is the preserve of the global rich: recent research shows that less than 1% of the global population cause more than 50% of emissions from passenger air travel. Reducing this frequent flying behaviour in a relatively small number of people would produce a...

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The total climate impact of aviation

The total climate impact of aviation

For a long time, the aviation industry and governments ignored the fact that aviation's climate impact is not only about CO2: burning kerosene at altitude also generates contrails, induced cloudiness and NOx derivatives that, although short lived, contribute...

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Taxes or Limits?

Taxes or Limits?

Measures to reduce air traffic in a just way On September 22nd, the Stay Grounded network held a webinar to discuss which measures are more suitable to limit aviation and its climate impact: Taxes on kerosene, VAT or frequent flyers? Or rather limits on flights and...

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Sail to the COP – a grounded sailing story

Sail to the COP – a grounded sailing story

“We woke up with dolphins and flying fish around the ship. But far more importantly, it was the most unique opportunity to form a community, unlike anything else I have experienced.”  Rosa Hofgärtner from ExPlane shares the adventurous journey she, together with...

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Just Transition in the Aviation Sector

Just Transition in the Aviation Sector

Ways for shifting towards a climate-just transport system. The role of aviation workers and the state On August 4th, the Stay Grounded network held a webinar on the question how a just transition of aviation could be organized. Inputs by a pilot, a trade unionist, and...

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Island Hopping for the Advanced Traveller

Island Hopping for the Advanced Traveller

original blogpost by Zomer Zonder Vliegen From Malta to Texel without a plane! The Dutch Suzanne Maas has been living in Malta for several years, far away in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, 100 kilometers south of Sicily. Quite a challenge, if you want to get to...

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Call to ban short haul flights in France

Call to ban short haul flights in France

On July 3rd, Stay Grounded and its member Climate Action Network France (Réseau Action Climat), together with 15 other organisations, sent a letter to the French Minister of Ecological and Solidarity Transition demanding the government to limit domestic air...

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Electric flying unfeasible for longer distances

Electric flying unfeasible for longer distances

In recent years, there has been increasing interest in the use of electricity as a source of energy for aircraft. Is 'sustainable flying' within reach? An expert from the aviation industry explains.In order to answer this question, we first have to discuss the energy...

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Grounding Travel Policies in Organisations

Grounding Travel Policies in Organisations

Reducing air travel is crucial, because of its climate impact and thus considerable contribution to climate change. Business related travel is a major culprit, yet staying grounded for work is difficult, when regulations, expectations, and time constraints put...

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How to Do Grounded Online Campaigning

How to Do Grounded Online Campaigning

It has become standard even for small NGOs or grassroots groups to run multiple social media channels like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. But very often these are not used effectively, content is posted rather randomly and is not presented in a catchy way, or the...

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AUA-Rettung: Bruchlandung für das Klima

AUA-Rettung: Bruchlandung für das Klima

Wien, 8. Juni – Die Klimagerechtigkeits-Organisationen Stay Grounded und System Change, not Climate Change kritisieren die heute beschlossene Einigung auf Staatshilfen für die Austrian Airlines. Aus Sicht der Klima-Aktivist*innen sind die vorgestellten Klima-Maßnahmen...

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9 billion bailout to Lufthansa

9 billion bailout to Lufthansa

Find here the German press release of our member "Am Boden bleiben", critizicing the decision taken today on a 9 billion Euro bailout for the German airline Lufthansa, granted without any social or environmental conditions. The German activist group "Am Boden bleiben"...

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Aktion gegen Rettungspaket für Lufthansa

Aktion gegen Rettungspaket für Lufthansa

Ergebnisse heutiger Online-Pressekonferenz und Aktion zur Übergabe von Petition ans BMWi // 338 Organisationen und über 70.000 Menschen fordern in Kampagne #SavePeopleNotPlanes soziale und ökologische Konditionen für Rettung der Flugindustrie Berlin - 30. April 2020:...

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Open letter: COVID-19 Just Recovery Principles

With their measures against the Covid-19 crisis, governments must follow principles that ensure a  just recovery. These principles must ensure that a future after Corona will be healthier and greener, more social, democratic and resilient. Together with hundreds of...

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Airline bailouts: Save people, not planes 

++ Version française ++ Today’s meeting of EU transport ministers must not provide unconditional bailouts for airlines. Stay Grounded Network demands funding for just transition and climate jobs. Vienna, 18th of March 2020: Today, an extraordinary meeting by EU...

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How to Tell Grounded Stories

How to Tell Grounded Stories

Aviation is deeply engrained in the lifestyle of many people in the Global North. Decades of advertising and campaigning by the industry lead to a view of flying that is connected to freedom and an open minded society. But with the rapidly escalating climate crisis...

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Paris airport expansion opposed by 67 mayors

Paris airport expansion opposed by 67 mayors

France: 67 mayors, among them the current mayor of Paris, officially oppose the Roissy CDG airport expansion in an open letter to E. Macron. On Thursday 16th, a group of mayors representing more than sixty cities surrounding Paris gave a press conference on the topic...

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Consumer shaming distracts from the core problem

Sigh. There we go again. This time, it is Karl-Johan Persson, CEO of clothing giant H&M who's reprimanding the climate movement. "A pattern of shaming that initially targeted air travelers rapidly spreads into other industries. Inspired by the Swedish teenager...

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Degrowth of Aviation

Degrowth of Aviation

How to reduce air travel in a just way? On 5th of December, Stay Grounded presented the new report "Degrowth of Aviation. Reducing air travel in a just way" in a webinar. The report had been produced with much input from the conference on Degrowth of Aviation held in...

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System Change and/or Behaviour Change?

System Change and/or Behaviour Change?

On Oct. 29th 2019, our second Stay Grounded Webinar took place. We discussed with experts the role of behaviour change approaches regarding the much needed systemic change of our society and new social theories reframing the role of the individual in instigating...

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Forced tourism or: Travelling without Economy class

Article by Yayo Herrero, Spanish activist and ecofeminist professor, anthropologist, agricultural engineer and graduate in Social Education. Summer has passed, and with it lots of holidays and travelling. Many people went away for a few weeks. The seas have been be...

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CORSIA – better or worse than nothing?

CORSIA – better or worse than nothing?

In 2016, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has come up with a new scheme to avoid having to cut its greenhouse gas emissions and reduce aviation, which will come into effect in 2020: CORSIA - Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International...

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Solidarity with the Stansted 15

  Update: February 2019: No immediate prison sentences The Stansted 15 are a group of anti-deportation protesters who blocked a UK government deportation flight at Stansted Airport last year to make the links clearer between climate change, colonialism,...

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New Position Paper is out

The position paper "Stay Grounded - 13 steps for a just transport system and for rapidly reducing aviation" is ready. Find the position paper here. The paper has evolved in a almost year-long democratic consensus-based process. At several network meetings, we...

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