As a network, we stand in solidarity with many grassroots groups against the expansion of the aviation industry. Short-haul flying is the most environmentally detrimental form of transport, yet enjoys many excessive government subsidies.
The ‘cheap’ prices for airline tickets continue to hurt other ground transportation alternatives and surely fail to take into account the environmental impact of inordinate noise pollution or of the millions of liters of jetfuel used daily. Not only is the marketing of the aviation industry all too often expressing exotifying and
neocolonialist messages, but they feed into a disturbing pro-capitalist logic linking consumerism and escapism. The reappropriation of the people’s land for the use of the ‘developers’ represents further the destructive neoliberal logic of infinite growth, with the ongoing successful resistance in La ZAD showing how we can alternatively go about seeding and building a future without an /aeroport/with diversity and cohesion.
While we cannot practically support an all-out boycott, as we do not want to exclude comrades located greater distances away, for eyfa projects, short-haul flights inside europe are to be avoided when at all possible. Only in cases where land travel would take more that 72 hours, exceptions are applicable. Otherwise, if you choose to fly, we ask that you take those costs on you and do not request reimbursement.
Additionally, we’d like to share the following reflections:
We understand that not everyone finds themselves in a privileged enough position to prioritise an ecologically sustainable or economical mode of travel to the event. And we want to be able to make our events as accessible as possible by offering what we can to make participation possible for people with different lived experiences and abilities. We
are not sure how to reconcile the environmental impact of making too many flight exceptions, but we want to be able to make any exceptions necessary to encourage people to choose the transportation options that fit with their context and needs. Our past experience has shown that we don’t always manage to anticipate all potential accessibility barriers in advance and we have made ableist assumptions, so we are grateful to receive any input from potential participants on how to make our events more accessible (in terms of reimbursement of different modes of transport and in any other aspect of project communication/implementation).
Compare environmental impacts of different modes of transport with this online toy.