Friday, 20 March 2015

Launch of Global Anti-Aerotropolis Movement (GAAM)

I am delighted to announce the launch of the Global Anti-Aerotropolis Movement (GAAM). Please find our Press Release below and two briefing papers:
* Join the Global Anti-Aerotropolis Movement (GAAM)!, and
* What is an Aerotropolis, and why must these developments be stopped?
Organizations and individuals are invited to sign up as supporters of GAAM! For updates, please regularly visit the GAAM website and GAAM Facebook page.

Press Release 20/03/2015

Global Anti-Aerotropolis Movement Launched 

Campaigners from across the globe have come together to fight so-called ‘airport city’ or ‘aerotropolis’ schemes, which have been spreading rapidly worldwide in recent years(1). Environmental and climate justice campaigners, aviation and tourism critics, human rights activists, and other concerned citizens and groups have formed the Global Anti-Aerotropolis Movement (GAAM) to raise public awareness and take action on socially and ecologically harmful mega-airport development projects.

An aerotropolis is an airport-centric development, whereby a new or existing airport is surrounded by urbanisation including luxury hotels; shopping and entertainment facilities; convention, trade and exhibition complexes; golf courses and sport stadiums; and industrial parks. Governments advocate aerotropolis projects as a way of stimulating the economy but critics argue they create environmental, social and economic problems (2).

Anita Pleumarom, one of the founders of GAAM, said, 'These massive airport ‘development’ packages can cause havoc particularly in developing countries with weak democratic structures and law enforcement. They often involve forceful evictions and dispossession of the people’s access to land, water and other resources. Therefore, it is not surprising that resistance against such projects has been growing worldwide. GAAM aims to support local struggles and strengthen the international 'campaign community’ against harmful aerotropolis projects.' Organizations and individuals who share GAAM’s concerns are invited to sign up as supporters.

ENDS

Notes:

(1) Global Anti-Aerotropolis Movement (GAAM) founders:
AirportWatch, U.K.
AirportWatch Europe
Rose Bridger, author of the book ‘Plane Truth
Pastoralists Indigenous NGO’s FORUM, Tanzania
Third World Network
Tourism Investigation & Monitoring Team, Thailand
Tourism Advocacy & Action Forum (TAAF)

(2) Briefings:
 ‘Join the Global Anti-Aerotropolis Movement’ (GAAM)!’, by Anita Pleumarom



What is an Aerotropolis, and why must these developments be stopped’, by Rose Bridger



For more information about GAAM, and/or to sign up as a supporter, please email: Rose Bridger, or Anita Pleumarom, or John Stewart, Chair of AirportWatch

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