Next Webinars on Social and Environmental Justice: 30th of April and 7th of May
April 21, 2020

During the past year we had many discussions in our network about our news campaigns and whether they are inclusive and diverse. Also in our last network meeting we agreed to strengthen the Global South perspectives in out network and bring in more diversity in terms of views, speakers and approaches. With our next two webinars we want to start some discussion in this direction.

We hope to see you there!

 

Webinar 1

Campaigns to reduce aviation – a movement for the privileged?
A webinar to explore inclusiveness and social justice in our communications and actions

30th of April 2020, 5-7pm (CEST)

Please register via this link.

When we talk about Degrowth of Aviation we often talk about the needed changes in lifestyles that come along with it. But not everyone can easily change their lifestyle or their habit of flying. Some people have family abroad, some are forced to fly for their jobs. Some seem not able to afford other modes of transport. And we don‘t want to go into shaming and blaming in our communication. In the end we need a political and systemic change, but how can we communicate in a way that people can feel included and empowered to join the movement even if they won’t (can’t) stop flying today or tomorrow? In this webinar we want to look at the climate justice movement in Europe and what general critic it faces in terms of diversity and discrimination and proceed towards what Global South movements wish for from European climate justice groups. Finally we will have a more detailed look on power and discrimination structures in our campaigns to reduce aviation and discuss ways to a more diverse and inclusive communication.

Speakers:
Tonny Nowshin (Degrowth and Climate Justice activist)
Gabriela Vega Téllez (Coordinadora de Pueblos y Organizaciones del Oriente del Estado de México)
Sheila Menon (Plane Stupid, #Heathrow13)

 

Webinar 2

Airport Conflicts – Struggles for Environmental Justice

7th May 2020, 4-6pm (CEST)

Please register via this link.

Summary
More than 300 socio-environmental conflicts related to the expansion or creation of new airports or aerotropolis (airports surrounded by industrial and commercial zones) were mapped in a research project with 67 in-dept case studies were mapped in research project in collaboration between Environmental Justice Atlas and Stay Grounded. Learn more about the research, specific cases and how you can contribute to the mapping in our webinar.

Speakers
Rose Bridger (Stay Grounded/ Global Anti-Aerotropolis Movement)
Sandeep Shinde (Karad Airport Expansion Opposing Task Force)
Bhola Bhattarai (National Forum for Advocacy, Nepal)
Adam Isham (Save Maldives)
Sara Mingorría (EnvJustice, Autonomous University of Barcelona, ICTA-UAB)

 

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Detailed Description
All across the globe airport projects involve new land acquisition, the destruction of ecosystems, displacement of people and local pollution and health issues. Noise, particles and ultra fine particles are a major issue for residents living nearby airports. More and more airports, especially in the Global South, are becoming ‘Aerotropolis’, or Airport Cities, surrounded by commercial and industrial development, hotels, shopping cities, logistic centres, roads, or connected to Special Economic Zones. Those projects are often related to human rights violations.

Airports represent a main infrastructure for the globalised capitalist economy, needed for the just-in-time production and trade of goods, work travel, the tourism business, as well as the deportation of unwanted ‘travellers’: illegalised migrants. Effective resistance against airport projects can prevent cementing an emissions-intensive, destructive form of mobility for decades into the future.

More than 300 socio-environmental conflicts related to the expansion or creation of new airports or aerotropolis (airports surrounded by industrial and commercial zones) were mapped in a research project with 67 in-dept case studies were mapped in research project in collaboration between Environmental Justice Atlas and Stay Grounded. Learn more about the research, specific cases and how you can contribute to the mapping in our webinar.

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