Open Letter

To Astronomy Departments, Institutions and Societies:
Adopt Sustanability as a Primary Goal.

We, astronomers, astrophysicists,
and global citizens…

  1. Recognize the urgency of the climate crisis and our impact on it.
  2. We also recognize that we have the power to change our current practices.
  3. We call on astronomical institutions worldwide to set an example for the field in mitigating our contribution to the climate crisis by:
  • Naming sustainability as a primary goal.
  • Putting in place specific sustainable practices to lower carbon emissions.
  • Clearly communicating these changes both to their own members and the general public.

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More than 2859 astronomers from 81 countries

recognize that there is no Planet B!

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Open Letter Team Signatures

Michelle Willebrands

Leiden Observatory

Netherlands

Jacob White

National Radio Astronomy Observatory

United States of America

Volker Ossenkopf-Okada

Universität zu Köln

Germany

Manisha Shrestha

Liverpool John Moores University

United Kingdom

Adam Stevens

International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research / The University of Western Australia

Australia

Gabriele Betancourt-Martinez

Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie

France

Abigail Frost

KU Leuven

Belgium

Tobias Beuchert

European Southern Observatory

Germany

Benjamin Gompertz

University of Birmingham

United Kingdom

Abhijeet Borkar

Astronomický Ústav AV ČR

Czech Republic

Victoria Grinberg

Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Germany

Toby Brown

National Research Council

Canada

Violette Impellizzeri

Leiden Observatory

Netherlands

Leo Burtscher

Leiden Observatory

Netherlands

Knud Jahnke

Max Planck Institute for Astronomy

Germany

Faustine Cantalloube

Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille

France

Gina Maffey

The Wildeor Foundation

Netherlands

Adrienne Cool

San Francisco State University

United States of America

Wendy Crumrine

University of Southern California

United States of America

Hannah Dalgleish

University of Namibia

United Kingdom

Sarah Deveny

Texas Tech University

United States of America

Debra Fischer

Yale University

United States of America

Additional Siguatures

William McCutcheon

Uinversity of B.C.

Canada

Valery Zhdanov

Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

Ukraine

John Lewis

Harvard University

United States of America

Jacob Nibauer

University of Pennsylvania

United States of America

Megan DeCesar

George Mason University

United States of America

Eduardo Chung

Universidad de Panama

Panama

Stacey Habergham-Mawson

Liverpool John Moores University

United Kingdom

Luke Kelley

Northwestern University

United States of America

Marcella Brusa

University of Bologna

Italy

W. David arnett

Steward Observatory

United States of America

Ingrid Stairs

University of British Columbia

Canada

Jaime Vargas-González

University of Hertfordshire

United Kingdom

David Gerdes

University of Michigan

United States of America

Sara Ricciardi

INAF

Italy

Mahsa Rahimi

University of Melbourne

Australia

Jamie Law-Smith

University of California Santa Cruz

United States of America

Keith Waxman

Santa Rosa Junior College

United States of America

Jennifer Y.H. Chan

Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA)

Canada

Jean Creighton

Manfred Olson Planetarium at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

United States of America

Cyprien Lanthermann

CHARA array - Georgia State University

United States of America

Romina Petrucci

Observatorio Astronómico de Córdoba

Argentina

James Lane

University of Toronto

Canada

Arjun Dey

NSF's NOIRLab

United States of America

Wayne Cannon

Department of Physics and Astronomy, York University, Toronto, Canada

Canada

Hassane Darhmaoui

Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane

Morocco

Nimish Hathi

Space Telescope Science Institute

United States of America

Veronica Ortega

Club Astronómico de Santiago

Dominican Republic

Feng Gao

Hamburger Sternwarte

Germany

Kristina Davis

University of California Santa Barbara

United States of America

Matheus Bernini

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Brazil

Alexandre Lemerle

Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne / Université de Montréal

Canada

Maria Pettyjohn

University of Alberta

Canada

Madelaine Rojas

SENACYT

Panama

Lidia Oskinova

Potsdam University

Germany

Sierk van Terwisga

MPIA

Germany

Laura Paulucci

UFABC

Brazil

Mohammed Chamma

University of Western Ontario

Canada

Bradley Meyers

University of British Columbia

Canada

Divya M. Persaud

University College London

United Kingdom

Ricardo Pastrana

National Autonomous University of Honduras

Honduras

Stephen Fegan

LLR/Ecole Polytechnique

France

Wynn Jacobson-Galan

Northwestern University

United States of America

Maia Wallis

University of Saskatchewan

Canada

Doris Arzoumanian

Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille

France

Morgan Schmitz

Princeton University

United States of America

Javier Armentia

Planetario de Pamplona

Spain

Pierre Bastien

Université de Montréal / OMM

Canada

Aynur Abdulkarimova

Shamakhy Astrophysical Observatory

Azerbaijan

Erin Cox

Northwestern University

United States of America

Michael Chapman

University of Waterloo

Canada

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