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

Jacob White

National Radio Astronomy Observatory

United States of America

Michelle Willebrands

Leiden Observatory

Netherlands

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

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

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

Additional Siguatures

Marc Postman

Space Telescope Science Institute

United States of America

Ra'ed Bani Abdoh

CTPA (Center of theoretical physics and astrophysics)

Jordan

Riwaj Pokhrel

University of Toledo

United States of America

Tomáš Henych

Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Czech Republic

Pierre Kervella

Paris Observatory

France

Francisco Junqueira

University of São Paulo

Brazil

Viviane Costa

San Francisco State University

United States of America

Ayushi Singh

University of Toronto

Canada

John Swinbank

ASTRON

Netherlands

Vikash Singh

INAF OACT

Italy

Mithi de los Reyes

Caltech

United States of America

Jacob Hamer

Johns Hopkins University

United States of America

Adam Burgasser

University of California San Diego

United States of America

Felicia Krauss

Penn State University

United States of America

Bill Mathews

University of California, Santa Cruz

United States of America

Patricio Rojo

Universidad de Chile

Chile

Miriam Gudiño

Instituto de Astronomía, UNAM

Mexico

Thiago Bueno Dalpiaz

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)

Brazil

Vahe Petrosian

Stanford University

United States of America

Matthias Samland

Stockholm University

Sweden

Atreyee Sinha

LUPM, CNRS

France

Heidy Mayerly Lara

Julius Maximilians Universitat de Wurzburgo

Germany

Eugenio Carretta

INAF - OAS Bologna

Italy

Brian Merino

San Francisco State Univeristy

United States of America

Robert Thacker

Saint Mary's University

Canada

Bia Boccardi

MPIfR, Bonn

Germany

Alice Jacques

NSF's NOIRLab

United States of America

Jan Orkisz

Chalmers University of Technology

Suriname

Eric Abreu

Observatório do Valongo - UFRJ

Brazil

Brian Chaboyer

Dartmouth College

United States of America

Amanda Quirk

UC Santa Cruz

United States of America

Adam Gonzalez

Saint Mary's University

Canada

Peter Ferguson

Texas A&M University

United States of America

Juan Garcia-Bellido

Universidad Autonoma de Madrid

Spain

Emma Beasor

NOIRLab

United States of America

Crystal Gnilka

IPAC/Caltech

United States of America

Moorits Mihkel Muru

Tartu Observatory

Estonia

Samantha Lawler

Campion College, University of Regina

Canada

LUCAS VICTOR CONCEICAO

Observatório do Valongo (UFRJ)

Brazil

Amit Kahana

Weizmann Institute of Science

Israel

Zafar Rustamkulov

Johns Hopkins University

United States of America

Jacopo Soldateschi

Università degli Studi di Firenze

Italy

Pablo Santos-Sanz

Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (CSIC)

Spain

Aarran Shaw

University of Nevada, Reno

United States of America

Rundsthen Nader

Observatório do Valongo/Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Brazil

Jorge Rivero González

JIVE

Netherlands

Rui Azevedo

Institutode Astrofísica

Portugal

Hailey Moore

Michigan State University

United States of America

Tae-Sun Kim

Department of Astronomy, University of Wisconsin-Madison

United States of America

Felix Mackebrandt

Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research

Germany

Institutional Endorsements

institutional endorsments

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