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Demonstrators in Western France protest against a project to build an international airport in Notre-Dame-des-Landes Demonstrators in Western France protest against a project to build an international airport in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, near Nantes, Nov. 17, 2012 (AP photo by David Vincent).

The Anti-Airport Movement Has Gone Global

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021

On Oct. 14, just two weeks before the start of the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, an unusual organization commemorated its fifth anniversary: Stay Grounded. The group, founded in 2016, is an international activist network of more than 170 smaller protest movements from across the globe. Through “mutual support and exchange of experiences,” it hopes to inspire and guide collaboration around the shared goal that brings its members together—namely, reducing “aviation and its negative impacts.”

In the years since Stay Grounded started work, it has made a case for seeing anti-airport social movements as a truly global phenomenon. From Peru and Uganda to the United States and India, disparate groups of citizens have organized against the environmental and local impacts of airport land development. Stay Grounded’s research has so far investigated 80 airport-related conflicts and identified 300 more for further investigation. ...

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