Welcome to the Global Anti-Aerotropolis Movement (GAAM) website. GAAM was launched on 20th March 2015. This website is quite new. It is still being developed and GAAM’s founding members hope it will become a valuable networking tool and resource for research and campaigning.
Messages of support for GAAM are already arriving from all over the world! Groups and individuals critiquing and opposing aerotropolis developments are invited to get in contact with us, we will be delighted to share your information, blogposts, photos and videos on this website.
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.
(1) GAAM founders:
AirportWatch, U.K., http://www.airportwatch.org.uk/
AirportWatch Europe, http://www.airportwatcheurope.com/
Rose Bridger, author of the book ‘Plane Truth’, http://www.plutobooks.com/9781849649612/plane-truth/
Pastoralists Indigenous NGO’s FORUM, Tanzania, http://www.pingosforum.or.tz/
Third World Network, http://www.twn.my/
Tourism Investigation & Monitoring Team, Thailand, http://www.twn.my/tour.htm
Tourism Advocacy & Action Forum (TAAF)
(2) Briefings: ‘What is an Aerotroplis and why must these developments be stopped’
by Rose Bridger
by Anita Pleumarom
For more information and/or for sign up as supporters, contact:
Rose Bridger, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Anita Pleumarom, email@example.com
Sarah Clayton, Co-ordinator of AirportWatch, firstname.lastname@example.org