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Stay Grounded

is a global network of more than 200 member organisations, among them local airport opposition and climate justice groups, NGOs, trade unions, initiatives fostering alternatives to aviation like night trains, and organisations supporting communities which struggle against offset or so called SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuels) projects. Also individual activists, academics, trade unionists and interested people can contribute to the network.

STAY GROUNDED aims to exchange experiences, support each other, and campaign together for a reduction of aviation and its negative impacts on climate and health. We also engage in fighting greenwashing climate strategies like carbon offsetting and the largely illusory promise of SAF. Our vision is a form of mobility that rests inside the planetary boundaries and allows a livable future for us and our children.

In order to build political pressure, we need to be many.

Our History

In 2016, several local airport opposition groups organized coordinated actions, e.g. in Vienna (Austria), London (UK), Mexico City, Istanbul (Turkey), Sydney (Australia) and la ZAD (France). Those actions took place simultaneously to the conference of the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation), September 27th to October 7th, in which it decided on its new greenwashing strategy. Find out more here.

We realized that building alliances is hugely important in order to exchange experiences, support each other, come out of the shadow and involve more stakeholders. It can show that local airport struggles (often framed as “not in my backyard” conflicts) are not a single-issue, but that they are connected with the massive growth of aviation, the outrageous subsidies of its industry, the interest of an elite to cheaply fly very often, and the proposal of false solutions like offsetting and agrofuels. A modal shift of mobility can only be achieved by involving more and more groups and individuals to build pressure from below both locally and on a bigger scale by resisting, transforming and creating alternatives.

In October 2021 we celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Stay Grounded Network. Read our blog-article, looking back at five years of Stay Grounded.

How we work

Our network consists of different organisations, activist groups and individuals from around the world (with a focus in Europe). It is coordinated by a group whose members are elected at each network meeting. Much work is being done voluntarily, while some is being paid. We have several active working groups, an e-mail list and an online library to share documents. Decisions that concern the whole network are taken in a consensus-based way. Since 2017, we have been organizing network meetings twice a year. The in-person meetings (until now always in Europe) allow for online participation, since we find it important that no one flies to the meetings.

Our Network

The Stay Grounded network consists of 219 member organisations and 4 regional groups around the world.

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Our Team & Structure

Stay Grounded consists of many parts: the campaigners team, the coordination team “turtles”, regional teams and of course our members and regional member groups. Find out who we are and how to get in contact with us.

Engage in the Network

There are many different ways to engage in our network: join as a member (as organisation or individual), sign our position paper, become a Stay Grounded volunteer or join a local member group.