Although we are in the middle of an acute climate crisis, most of us continue to live our lives as usual. It’s not because we do not care, but because we humans tend to act like everyone else. The advantage of that is that if enough people take action, a change can happen fast.

How would you react if everyone around you told you that they are willing to give up flying in order to save the climate?

The campaign Flight Free 2020 is a way in which we can together take responsibility to reduce air traveling. When you sign up for the campaign you pledge to stay on the ground next year – provided that 100,000 people from your country promise to do the same thing.

To refrain from flying is one of the most powerful ways we as individuals can reduce our carbon footprint. If many of us do it together it will make a huge impact and we will also send a clear signal to our politicians – and also each other – that we are many who are willing to change our lifestyles in order to save the climate.

So far Flight Free 2020 is actively run in Sweden, The United KingdomDenmarkBelgiumFrance, GermanyCanada, USA and Peru, but everyone can sign up (see below). Are you interested in running the campaign in your country? Please contact maja@westayontheground.org.

We are of course hoping that everyone will choose to refrain from flying regardless if the goal of 100,000 in each country is reached, but you by signing up for Flight Free 2020 you only commit to do it if the goal is reached before midnight on New Year’s Eve. 

Which country will be the first to reach 100, 000 signatures?