Our Team

The Stay Grounded Network is made of organisations, groups and many volunteers worldwide. Their struggles to counter aviation and work for a just transport system is what the network stands for! Our campaigners, working part-time, are at the heart of our day-to-day operations, providing continuity and organisational knowledge, coordinating the network and supporting our members to support each other.

Stay Grounded Campaigners

Anne Kretzschmar

Anne Kretzschmar

(she/her)

Tasks: Coordination of European campaign partners and multipliers

Focus topics: Greenwashing/false green solutions, just transition

Anne studied Critical Economics and Social Design and Middle Eastern Studies. She has been active in the climate justice movement for many years.

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Daniela Subtil

Daniela Subtil

(she/her)

Tasks: Support of member organisations in the Global South; network coordination

Daniela studied international development and sustainable resource management, has worked for NGOs and in academic research in the areas of renewable energy, water, sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation, and she is active in the climate justice movement.

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Jayden Kollegger

Jayden Kollegger

(they/them)

Tasks: Administration, bookkeeping, staff management

Jayden or short Jay currently studies environment and bio-resources management and was previously the area coordinator for an NGO with a focus on marine conservation. They are interested in environmental and social justice, intersectionality, diversity, queer theory, and roller derby.

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Magdalena Heuwieser

Magdalena Heuwieser

(she/her)

Tasks: Press spokesperson, network coordination, fundraising, campaigns

Focus topics: Just transition of aviation, policies, CORSIA, offsetting, financialization of nature

Magdalena studied international development, is co-founder of the network, author of several publications and active in the climate justice movement.

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Manuel Grebenjak

Manuel Grebenjak

(he/him)

Tasks: Online campaigns, social media, press work, editor and coordination report “Reframe, Rethink, Reshape”

Focus topics: Aviation climate policies; degrowth of aviation, communication

Manuel studied communication science and political ecology, has worked for several NGOs and is active in the climate justice movement.

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Michaela Leitner

Michaela Leitner

(she/her)

Tasks: Coordination of European campaign partners and multipliers

Focus topic: Travel policies of organisations

Michaela has an academic background in sociology and transdisciplinary sustainability research, has done educational work on the Ecological Footprint and is active in the climate justice movement in Austria.

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Mira Kapfinger

Mira Kapfinger

(she/her)

Tasks: Coordination of the network; support of member organisations, regional groups and working groups

Focus topics: airport conflicts, biofuels

Mira studied environmental and bio-resource management, is co-founder of the network, is involved in the climate justice movement for many years and has previously worked in environmental education and communication.

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Nina Spurny

Nina Spurny

(she/her)

Tasks: Press & Communications

Nina studied Media Management and after working for TV and magazines, devoted herself to (social) science communication in academia and beyond. After a couple of years, she delved into the NGO realm and was the communications manager of a digital rights NGO before joining the Stay Grounded Network.

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Stephanie Loveless

Stephanie Loveless

(she/her)

Tasks: Press & Communications

Stephanie studied sociology, environmental science & agriculture, and urban geography. She has worked for NGOs as a project manager and communications officer and as an academic researcher. She works with themes like local participation, urban political ecology and socially/environmentally just urban sustainability planning and governance.

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“Turtles” coordination group

The Turtles function as an advisory board for the Campaigners, maintain oversight over network processes and guarantee that the process continues, that decisions are implemented and have an overview of what needs to be done. They consist of at least 4 spokespeople from our members or individual Stay Grounded members. They are agreed upon at the annual network meeting. 

Calum Harvey-Scholes

Calum Harvey-Scholes

Reclaim the Power, UK

Calum lives in Cornwall, UK working to empower local communities taking control of their own clean energy and organising for climate and social justice. Elsewhere he generally spends his time eating to fuel his cycling and kayaking habits.

 Gabriela Vega-Téllez

Gabriela Vega-Téllez

CPOOEM, MX

Gabriela is a native of Texcoco in the Valley of Mexico and co-founder with Heriberto Salas Amac (1958-2020) of the Original inhabitants and NGOs eastern State of Mexico Coordination in defense of land, water and culture (CPOOEM), an organizational effort member of the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) that fights for life and for the autonomy of the peoples.

Larry Edwards

Larry Edwards

individual, US

Larry lives in Sitka, Alaska and has degrees in aeronautical and mechanical engineering. He has closely followed published climate science and related issues for about 20 years.

Steve Risingtide

Steve Risingtide

Rising Tide UK

Steve studied Occupational Health, Safety & Environment. Held various Trade union posts and is active in many Social justice Networks working on Climate Breakdown. An original member of The Camp for Climate Action organising group for the first ever Climate Camp at Drax Power Station and subsequent incarnations.

Sunil Acharya

Sunil Acharya

Individual, NP

Sunil lives in Kathmandu, Nepal, studied Environmental Science and works on climate and social justice issues with focus on the Global South.

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