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

Christopher Berry

University of Glasgow

United Kingdom

Giulia Despali

University of Heidelberg

Germany

Sunny Vagnozzi

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

Tshiamiso Makwela

University of Cape Town

South Africa

Tania Johnston

ESO

Germany

Kelebogile Bonokwane

UCT, SAAO

South Africa

Chiara Mazzucchelli

European Southern Astronomy (ESO Chile)

Chile

Carolina Casadio

Institute of Astrophysics - FORTH

Greece

Helene Sol

CNRS, Observatoire de Paris

France

Lisa Lehmann

Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie

France

Helen Jermak

Liverpool John Moores University

United Kingdom

DAVID YOUNG

Queen's University Belfast

United Kingdom

Stefano Pezzuto

INAF - IAPS

Italy

Galin Borisov

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium

United Kingdom

Daniela Dorner

Universität Würzburg

Germany

Virginia Cúneo

Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias

Spain

Marcos Villaverde

Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC)

Spain

Timea Kovacs

Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy

Germany

Tomislav Terzić

University of Rijeka, Department of Physics

Croatia

Rhys Taylor

Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Czech Republic

Cosima Eibensteiner

Argelander Institute for Astronomy

Germany

Joscha Jahns

Max-Planck-Institute für Radioastronomie

Germany

Sven Heydenreich

Argelander-Institute for Astronomy

Germany

Alex Cameron

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

Colin Snodgrass

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

Enrico Licata

INAF

Italy

Jonah Wagenveld

Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy

Germany

Parichay Mazumdar

MPIfR, Bonn

Germany

pantin eric

Astrophysics department CE Saclay, FRANCE

France

Philippe GARNIER

IRAP

France

Jean-Baptiste Salomon

Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP)

France

Eric Agol

University of Washington

United States of America

Anne Virkki

University of Helsinki

Finland

Silvia Leurini

INAF-Osservatorio astronomico di Cagliari

Italy

Luis J. Goicoechea

Universidad de Cantabria

Spain

Marcel Pawlowski

Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP)

Germany

Efrain Gatuzz

Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics

Germany

Francois Boulanger

LPENS

France

Gianluca Giavitto

DESY

Germany

Tayyaba Zafar

Macquarie University

Australia

JULES MARTIN

ISAE-Supaero

France

Paola Merluzzi

INAF

Italy

Moritz Wiegand

1. Physikalisches Institut, Universität zu Köln

Germany

Stian Thomas Heimdal Hartman

University of Oslo

Norway

Francesca Panessa

INAF

Italy

Quentin Kral

Paris Observatory

France

Daniela Hadasch

The University of Tokyo, ICRR

Japan

Jérémy Brisbois

Centre Spatial de Liège

Belgium

Krittapas Chanchaiworawit

Florida Atlantic University

United States of America

Heleri Ramler

Univeristy of Tartu

Estonia

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