Our Team

The Stay Grounded Network is made of organisations, groups and many volunteers worldwide. Their struggles to counter aviation and work for a just transport system is what the network stands for! Our campaigners, working part-time, are at the heart of our day-to-day operations, providing continuity and organisational knowledge, coordinating the network and supporting our members to support each other.

Stay Grounded Campaigners

Anne Kretzschmar

Anne Kretzschmar

Tasks: Coordination of European campaign partners and multipliers

Focus topics: Greenwashing/false green solutions, just transition

Anne studied Critical Economics and Social Design and Middle Eastern Studies. She has been active in the climate justice movement for many years.

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Daniela Subtil

Daniela Subtil

Tasks: Support of member organisations in the Global South; network coordination

Daniela studied international development and sustainable resource management, has worked for NGOs and in academic research in the areas of renewable energy, water, sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation, and she is active in the climate justice movement.

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Hannah Knust

Hannah Knust

Tasks: Administration, bookkeeping, staff management

Hannah studied environmental sciences, and has been active in the climate justice movement for over 10 years. She is currently studying psychology and working on a brochure about theories of change.

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Magdalena Heuwieser

Magdalena Heuwieser

Tasks: Press spokesperson, network coordination, fundraising, campaigns

Focus topics: Just transition of aviation, policies, CORSIA, offsetting, financialization of nature

Magdalena studied international development, is co-founder of the network, author of several publications and active in the climate justice movement.

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Manuel Grebenjak

Manuel Grebenjak

Tasks: Online campaigns, social media, press work, editor and coordination report “Reframe, Rethink, Reshape”

Focus topics: Aviation climate policies; degrowth of aviation, communication

Manuel studied communication science and political ecology, has worked for several NGOs and is active in the climate justice movement.

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Michaela Leitner

Michaela Leitner

Tasks: Coordination of European campaign partners and multipliers

Focus topic: Travel policies of organisations

Michaela has an academic background in sociology and transdisciplinary sustainability research, has done educational work on the Ecological Footprint and is active in the climate justice movement in Austria.

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Mira Kapfinger

Mira Kapfinger

Tasks: Coordination of the network; support of member organisations, regional groups and working groups

Focus topics: airport conflicts, biofuels

Mira studied environmental and bio-resource management, is co-founder of the network, is involved in the climate justice movement for many years and has previously worked in environmental education and communication.

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Samie Blasingame

Samie Blasingame

Tasks: Online campaigns, social media, press work, content coordination of the “Reframe, Rethink, Reshape” report

Samie has an academic and professional background in environmental policy and planning with a focus on urban regeneration, sustainable agriculture and resilient food systems. She is active in Black Earth, a BIPoC Environmental and Climate Justice Collective, and Greenbuzz Berlin.

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“Turtles” coordination group

The Turtles function as an advisory board for the Campaigners, maintain oversight over network processes and guarantee that the process continues, that decisions are implemented and have an overview of what needs to be done. They consist of at least 4 spokespeople from our members or individual Stay Grounded members. They are agreed upon at the annual network meeting. 

Sunil Acharya

Sunil Acharya

Individual, NP

Sunil lives in Kathmandu, Nepal, studied Environmental Science and works on climate and social justice issues with focus on the Global South.

Larry Edwards

Larry Edwards

individual, US

Larry lives in Sitka, Alaska and has degrees in aeronautical and mechanical engineering. He has closely followed published climate science and related issues for about 20 years.

Calum Harvey-Scholes

Calum Harvey-Scholes

Reclaim the Power, UK

Calum lives in Cornwall, UK working to empower local communities taking control of their own clean energy and organising for climate and social justice. Elsewhere he generally spends his time eating to fuel his cycling and kayaking habits.

Diego Pedraza Lahoz

Diego Pedraza Lahoz

individual, ES/GE/LU

Diego studied physics and finance, worked in the financial sectors – both on the private & public sides – and is a climate justice activist since 2018.

Steve Risingtide

Steve Risingtide

Rising Tide UK

Steve studied Occupational Health, Safety & Environment. Held various Trade union posts and is active in many Social justice Networks working on Climate Breakdown. An original member of The Camp for Climate Action organising group for the first ever Climate Camp at Drax Power Station and subsequent incarnations.

Namratha Sastry

Namratha Sastry

cBalance, IN

Namratha is an engineer by education, a farmer at heart, a forest wanderer by soul, a plant lover by interest and now an eco-activist as a person. Trying to live a sustainable life, she works for climate justice and creating a carbon balance on earth through cBalance.in