STAY GROUNDED is a global network of more than 150 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 projects or biofuel plantations. 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. We also engage in fighting problematic climate strategies like offsetting emissions and biofuels. 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. Please support the movement to reduce aviation and its climate impact.
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.
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.
How to become a member
We want to build a strong movement and involve more and more stakeholders to become active supporters of our position, to change the public discourse around aviation and to create political pressure. If you want to join our more than 150 members, please get in touch with us and/or fill in this online form.
Being a member group or organisation means
- You are part of our Stay Grounded e-mail list and provide an active spokesperson. We expect list members to share all significant information and report back to their groups.
- You’re invited to participate in our consensus-based decision making and in our activities (network meetings, actions, etc.)
- You help us spread our position paper, make it visible on your website and try your best to work towards the vision presented in the paper
- Your organisation’s logo is included in our “members” section of the website, as well as a link to your website. If you as a local anti-aviation group don’t have a website but would like to have a site for your group, we offer you a subpage.
- You support the network with a financial contribution (Purpose: Stay Grounded Member Contribution) – depending on your financial situation this might be 20-100€ or more a year, or nothing – to help cover overhead costs, such as network meetings and coordination.
- You actively encourage further organisations/groups etc. to join
- You receive a yearly report that informs members of the network’s activities
Participation by Individuals
Individuals who want to get actively involved our network and support our position paper may sign up for our email lists and participate in network meetings.
If you hesitate to become a member, you can still support us by different means.