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Climate Justice & Aviation
Communication Training for Activists and Campaigners
Do you want to be part of a movement for a fair and green mobility, or boost campaigns on climate justice and aviation?
Would you like to learn more about the ecological and social impacts of aviation, how to counter the industry’s greenwashing strategies and to bring about a just transition of the aviation?
Do you want guidance on concrete steps to change organisations’ travel policies?
Would you like to be part of a global network of campaigners and activists spreading the word about aviation and climate justice?
Do you want to reflect on how we talk about aviation, to counter narratives that impede change?
If your answer is Yes, here is your opportunity to become a Stay Grounded multiplier! This training is part of a larger project on reframing aviation and is based on our upcoming Report “Common Destination – Reframing aviation to ensure a safe landing and lay the tracks towards a fair planet”.
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How will it work?
The training is free – you bring your time, your motivation and your own experience to share! 🙂 There is no prior knowledge required.
Trainings will take place in the UK, Spain, Germany and France (in local languages) as well as in an international online version in English. So you will have plenty of options to participate!
You will be part of a multiplier network with many possibilities to exchange and learn from each other and receive active support to spread the word about aviation and climate justice yourself (e.g. in workshops, talks, actions, etc.).
You will also be connected to the global Stay Grounded network of more than 180 organisations aiming to reduce aviation and fight for a fair and green mobility system.
Who is it for?
⇢ people active on climate justice issues who want to communicate more about the role of aviation in this context
⇢ people engaged in local struggles against airport expansions or campaigning for a fairer mobility system, looking for effective ways to counter the aviation industry’s narratives
⇢ people interested in climate communication, wanting to reflect and expand on their framing of aviation
⇢ people looking for a way to get active on aviation together with like-minded multipliers
We are looking for people who are interested in spreading the knowledge provided in this training to as many people as possible. By participating in the training, you will become part of an active multiplier network and be supported in giving workshops and talks, or organise actions and events (depending on your capacity). You will be in touch with like-minded people around the world working for a fairer mobility system!
The training has five modules. You should at least participate in Module 1 and 5, and another one of your choosing. However, we very much encourage and recommend you to participate in all additional modules to get the full picture.
The modules will consist of a mix of shared reflections, informative presentations and interactive exercises. If necessary, your travel and accommodation costs to in-person trainings can be (partially) covered.
Module 1: Aviation and Climate Justice
In this module you will learn about why reducing aviation is such an important part of campaigning for climate justice. You will have the facts, numbers and arguments you need to reach out on the urgency to reduce flights and stay grounded. Based on our report “Common Destination”, an important part of that module is also to reflect on HOW we talk about reducing air traffic and to counter the narratives of the aviation industry effectively.
Module 2: Greenwashing
In this module, we will unveil the illusions the aviation industry creates to make us think that green, sustainable flights are possible. We will discuss and reflect on greenwashing strategies in general and dive into the limits, possibilities and false promises of agrofuels, e-fuels, electric flights and offsetting – “false solutions” that distract us from the urgent need to reduce flights. After this module, you will be able to counter the aviation industry’s arguments of “sustainable aviation”.
Module 3: Just Transition
The aviation industry is set to shrink and needs a “safe landing” – this means also we need a just transition for workers. But how can we counter the misleading ‘jobs hypocrisy’ by the aviation industry and governments? In this module, we will take a look into the future: What could a transition to a new, greener and socially just mobility system look like? And what do climate activists need to know to join forces with workers and trade unions ?
Module 4: Grounding Organisations
In this module, we get practical. Business flights are a big part of many organisations’ carbon footprints, normalising excessive flying. This is why it is time to ground our organisations! In this module, you will learn about concrete steps and best practices showing how to reduce flights at the institutional level. There are plenty of universities, NGOs, and businesses that just need a little input to reflect on and change their travel practices. This module is for those who are interested in spreading the word within their own organisations and to others.
Module 5: Being a Multiplier
In this module, we will talk about how we can support each other in spreading the word and exchanging in our multiplier network. We will discuss how we can reach out to different target groups and where to find tools and methods to develop our strategies and activities.