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Welcome to the first newsletter of Stay Grounded! Many thanks to all those who have joined us recently – and to all of you who have been supporting a reduction of aviation and climate justice for longer. 

The world has changed over these last weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic throwing all our best laid plans up in the air. Globally, most aircraft are grounded for the time being. However, the aviation industry is already preparing for the time after the corona crisis, demanding billions in bailouts from taxpayers' money and trying to water down social and environmental regulations. We are fighting back against this with our latest campaign #SavePeopleNotPlanes

In this newsletter you will find details on the campaign, an update from the Stay Grounded Network, our new report "Degrowth of Aviation", Stay Grounded in the media, as well as news articles about the aviation industry and its future.

We hope you will enjoy reading it and stay grounded!

The Stay Grounded team

80,000 already say "Save people, not planes!"

Since the beginning of April our campaign #SavePeopleNotPlanes against unconditional bailouts for the airline industry is running. It is already supported by more than 340 organisations as well as by more than 80.000 people worldwide and has attracted a lot of media attention. Our message has been delivered to decision-makers in countries all over Europe. Nevertheless, airlines around the world continue to negotiate with governments for state aid at the expense of taxpayers and the climate. Some horrendous deals worth billions have already been decided. Help us to put even more pressure and share the petition!

The Stay Grounded network has 158 member organisations as of today. We welcome our newest members 350.org Seattle and Korea Federation for Environmental Movements! Here you can find a list with all our members, and here our position paper.

Our Degrowth of Aviation report is more relevant than ever. In the current crisis, the majority of all planes are grounded – but how can a we achieve a sustainable reduction of aviation and its climate impact in a just way? Read the report.

Re-watch our recent webinar "How to tell grounded stories". Let's communicate about aviation and climate in a way that is not only consistent with scientific facts, but also exposes the green lies of the industry and paints a picture of future mobility that is socially just and respects planetary boundaries.

For decades, the aviation industry has avoided real climate action and lobbied against fair taxation. Now airlines around the world are demanding huge unconditional taxpayer-backed bailouts. Watch and share our #SavePeopleNotPlanes campaign video!

News: Aviation, Climate, Politics and Movements

Our highlights: What is going on in climate politics, the aviation industry, climate science and the climate justice movement.

The Conversation: What future do airlines have? Three experts discuss  

Mighty Earth: The Coronavirus Climate Profiteers

BBC: How can we be sustainable post-Covid19?

The Guardian: Richard Branson's bailout plea proves there's no one more shameless

New Economics Foundation: Bailouts: Creating the New Normal  

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