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!

Scroll down to see a full list of signees and institutional endorsements.

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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

Ryan Cloutier

Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian

United States of America

Andrés Plazas Malagón

Princeton University

United States of America

Youssef Moulane

Cadi Ayyad university

Morocco

Tereza Jerabkova

ESA/ESTEC

Netherlands

Oliver Czoske

Universität Wien

Austria

Emilio Molinari

INAF

Italy

Mimoza Hafizi

University of Tirana

Albania

Rachel Friesen

University of Toronto

Canada

Manuel Gonzalez

Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia (IAA-CSIC)

Spain

Michael Parker

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

John Gianforte

University of Southern Queensland

United States of America

Santi Roca-Fàbrega

Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Spain

Martijn Oei

Leiden Observatory

Netherlands

Anna Watts

University of Amsterdam

Netherlands

Natalia Vale Asari

Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

Brazil

Alex Andersson

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

Adriana Errico

University of Southern Queensland

Australia

Hayley Beltz

University of Michigan

United States of America

Raphael Oliveira

University of São Paulo

Brazil

Sarah Blyth

University of Cape Town

South Africa

Brandt Gaches

University of Cologne

Germany

Marek Nikolajuk

University of Bialystok

Poland

Jean-Marc Petit

CNRS

France

Yoanna Kokotanekova

Astronomical observatory, Youth center, Haskovo

Bulgaria

John Wu

Space Telescope Science Institute

United States of America

Stephen Shawl

University of Kansas

United States of America

Alexander Pettitt

Hokkaido University

Japan

Cristina Gaiotto

IC2sassuoloNord

Italy

Ana Karla Díaz-Rodríguez

University of Manchester

United Kingdom

Ruth Angus

American Museum of Natural History

United States of America

Stefan van der Giessen

Leiden University

Netherlands

Marcelo Lares

Universidad Nacional de Córdoba / CONICET

Argentina

Karolin Hymon

TU Dortmund

Germany

Frans Snik

Leiden Observatory

Netherlands

Maude Charmetant

Argelander-Institut für Astronomie

Germany

Ioannis Myserlis

Instituto de Radioastronomía Milimétrica (IRAM)

Spain

Hilary Forbes

Hilary Forbes Independent astronomy and maths teacher

United Kingdom

Renada Konstantinova-Antova

Institute of Astronomy and NAO, BAS

Bulgaria

Philipp Thalhammer

Remeis Observatory & ECAP, FAU

Germany

B Harish Nair

Cambridge institute of Technology

India

Jerzy Krzesinski

Astronomical Observatory of the Jagiellonian University

Poland

Sebastien Tordo

ESO

Germany

Katia Biazzo

INAF

Italy

Román Fernández Aranda

Institute of Astrophysics - FORTH

Greece

Sophie Dubber

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

Aman Chopra

Australian National University

Australia

Sarah Abotsi-Masters

Ghana Planetarium & African Astronomical Society

Ghana

Maud Galametz

CEA Paris-Saclay

France

Melissa Pesce Rollins

INFN

Italy

Jennifer Scott

Towson University

United States of America

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