AviAction: Stay Grounded Action Conference

 

Save the Date: 5-9 October 2022 in Lille

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We want to build global alliances and discuss strategies against the aviation industry

We want to listen to each other’s experiences about previous actions and tactics against the aviation industry and make plans for new ones

We want to think together about how we communicate and how we can counter the aviation industry’s narratives with a joint voice

We want to support local struggles against airport expansions

AND…. we want to finally get together again and connect as a growing global movement against the dangerous growth of aviation and the industry’s greenwashing while strategizing together in the fight for a global fair mobility system.

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After the setback of the Covid-19 pandemic the aviation industry is planing to return to pre-covid flight loads and goals for growth despite being one of the fastest growing and most climate-destructive sectors.

We cannot let this happen: faced with the decades-old inaction of world leaders and the constant use of greenwashing and neo-colonialist tactics by the aviation industry and politicians, we need to join together as a united force ready for action, with renewed power and enthusiasm!

To kick this off, this October, the Stay Grounded network is joining together with NADA (Non à l’Agrandissement de l’Aéroport), an organization resisting airport expansion in Lille, for a conference directed at taking action to reduce aviation. The conference will be a place to reunite with activists from all over Europe and beyond and to welcome new faces to the movement. We’re going to share experiences and ideas for aviation-related actions, discuss tactics and strategies to reduce air traffic and think about what can be the most effective ways of mobilizing for the global fight against airport expansions and dangerous greenwashing but also strategize on how to advance measures like a frequent flyer levy, bans on flights and improvements of alternative grounded mobility. 

The conference will culminate in an action against the Lille-Lesquin Airport expansion, and it will also serve as the breeding ground to kick-off a global day of action in 2023.

Programme

The conference workshops and panels will be focused on actions to counter aviation and the different aspects involved in taking action against the industry. These sessions will be a place to share experiences, think about what has been done and where we are in the struggle of countering aviation. We will also discuss why actions are important and build new ideas for strong actions and strategies. Some of the main questions that we want to answer are:

  • What role do actions play in our theory of change?

  • How can we take actions that build unflinching global solidarity?

  • Who to target and what tactics to use?

  • How to use communication to inspire people through our actions and to move forward with our demands?
Wednesday, 5 October
Evening
  • Opening event/panel
Thursday, 6 October
Morning
  • Plenary session/keynote
  • Workshop slot 1
Afternoon
  • Workshop slot 2
  • Plenary session/panel
Evening
  • Cultural programme
Friday, 7 October
Morning
  • Plenary session/keynote
  • Strategy discussions
Afternoon
  • Open slot
Evening
  • Closing session/panel
Saturday, 8 October
Morning
  • Workshop slot 3
Afternoon
  • Local action
Evening
  • Goodbye party
Sunday, 9 October
 
  • European Network Meeting (Stay Grounded Members only)

How to participate in the conference?

Register now!

It’s important that you register early so we can plan ahead in terms of accommodation and food, and include transportation expenses in our budgets (if you need financial support).

Registration
Name(Required)
Languages I can express myself in
The primary language of the conference sessions and workshops will be English, with interpretation into French and partly into Spanish if needed. We cannot guarantee interpretation for all workshops, but will try our best to make it as accessible as possible.
Languages I can understand others speaking
How will you attend the conference?(Required)
The panels and keynotes and some other sessions will be hybrid to allow participation by our members and allies from all over the globe. Even so, we want this to be a moment for people to join together again in person, so we strongly encourage everyone from countries reachable by grounded transportation, to join us in person.
Accommodation
We’re planning to have comrades from Lille hosting the people who who will travel to the conference. We will contact you later with the details.
We have a small budget for people who can't afford to cover part or all of their travel costs. Please indicate here if you need financial support for your travels and roughly how much. We can't guarantee we can cover all of your travel costs, but will try our best not to let the cost of travel hinder your participation.
We will need a lot of hands to help during the conference. Can you volunteer for any of these tasks?
Donation / Registration fee(Required)
To cover costs for food and equipment we need donations of around 10-15€ per day. We’re planning to serve vegan meals for lunch and dinner for each day of the conference (except for Wednesday which will have only dinner). We want everyone to be able to attend the conference, regardless of their financial situation, so donations are voluntary. If you can pay more, this can cover the costs of others who can pay less. If you can transfer your donation beforehand that would be great, but you can also do so at the conference. https://stay-grounded.org/donation/
By registering, I agree that Stay Grounded may send me information about the conference
Consent(Required)

Help us organize the conference

We still need support to make this happen! If you are interested in supporting the organizational process for the conference, please send an email to actionconference[at]stay-grounded[dot]org. Please tell us if you have experience in aviation-related actions and what you could/would like to contribute.

A flight-free conference

The action conference will be flight free. We don’t want people to be hindered from participation because of money, so we have a small budget to support travel costs. Please indicate in the registration from if you need support for travel costs. The panels, keynotes and some of the other sessions will be offered in a hybrid format to allow participation by our members and allies from all over the globe. Even so, we want this to be a moment for people to join together again in person, and we strongly encourage everyone from countries reachable by grounded transportation, to join us in person.

The conference will mainly be held in English, with interpretation into French and partly Spanish.

Call for workshops

We want the AviAction – Stay Grounded Action Conference to be a space of shared experiences, ideas and inspiration for the anti-aviation movement to grow stronger and take to the streets with bolder and more effective actions. We welcome contributions from all parts of the movement. Therefore, we invite you and your organization to submit  proposals for workshops until 15 August. The format of the workshops is open, but we encourage organizers to try to balance expository methods (which are important to consolidate a common ground) with more interactive approaches (allowing everyone to contribute to the discussions). We welcome workshop proposals covering one of the following thematic categories:

Introduction to aviation & climate justice

workshops on this category are meant to provide basic facts and knowledge about aviation & climate justice and why we need to get active. They should be designed in a way that they don’t require previous knowledge (e.g. workshops on greenwashing in aviation or injustice of aviation)

Exchange & counseling

workshops in this category are meant to present successful action strategies, exchange experiences on past actions & lessons learned and create a space for discussion on how to move forward (e.g. adbusting action)

Communication & narratives

workshops in this category look at how  we communicate about our actions, what tools we need, what messaging works best and why (e.g. workshop on social media strategies for civil disobedience actions or new narratives to counter greenwashing)

Other

do you have a great idea for a workshop that doesn’t fit in these categories? You can still submit your idea and we will see if there’s a way to fit it in the program.

Please, fill in the following form to submit your proposals. The deadline for submissions is the 15th of August. If you have any questions, write to us at actionconference[at]stay-grounded[dot]org.

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Give a brief description of your workshop and how you think it fits into the conference. This is preliminary and can still be changed later.
When could your workshop take place?(Required)
Language of the workshop (multible choice possible)(Required)
The primary language of the conference sessions and workshops will be English, with interpretation into French and partly into Spanish. We cannot guarantee interpretation for all workshops, but will try our best to make it as accessible as possible.
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