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

Tetsuto Nagashima

University of Southern California

United States of America

Pedro Silva

San Francisco State University

United States of America

Nicholas Jannsen

KU Leuven

Belgium

Glenda Snowball

South African Astronomical Observatory

South Africa

Joseph Cairns

Imperial College London

United Kingdom

Avis Lang

freelance

United States of America

Anirban Adnan

Dhaka imperial college

Bangladesh

Narsireddy Anugu

Steward Observatory

United States of America

Ivan Gašparić

Astronomsko društvo Koprivnica

Croatia

Abhijeet Bhardwaj

Royal society of physics

India

Daniel Chu Owen

Travelling Telescope

Kenya

Dunja Fabjan

Univerza v Ljubljani

Slovenia

Gabrielle Motilal

Future Scientist

Trinidad and Tobago

Benjamín Montesinos

Spanish Astronomical Society (SEA)

Spain

Ruth Murray-Clay

UC Santa Cruz

United States of America

Derebe Dessale

Addis Ababa university

Ethiopia

Simon Ringqvist

Stockholm University, Sweden

Sweden

Sanjana Panchagnula

Leiden Observatory

Netherlands

Maria Cavallius

Stockholm University

Sweden

Glass Veronica

Observatoire de Paris

France

Simone Mozzon

University of Portsmouth

United Kingdom

Arvind Ramessur

IAU NOC Mauritius (Deputy)

Mauritius

Glober Meshack

Space Applications for civilians in Kenya

Kenya

GOPAL MANDAL

Falta Vivekananda Adarsha Vidyalaya

India

Thulani Jili

University of Zululand

South Africa

Apurba Pandey

National Association of Nanotechnology & Ultr-Science (NANU)

Nepal

Mary Bautista

Capgemini Engineering

France

Dhayanithi Jaganathan

Readingindia

India

Kathryn Williamson

West Virginia University

United States of America

Carlos Abia

Universidad de Granada

Spain

Kingsley Ahenkora-Duodu

Space Generation Advisory Council

Ghana

Daniel Moeketsi

Centre for High Performance Computing

South Africa

Tom Mutabazi

Mbarara University of Science and Technology

Uganda

Phil James

Liverpool John Moores University

United Kingdom

Ferhat Fikri ÖZEREN

Erciyes University, Science Faculty, Astronomy and Space Sciences

Turkey

Pierrick Martin

CNRS/IRAP

France

Katyayani Trivedi

Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen

Germany

Sérgio Pereira

Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço

Portugal

Martin Mutie

Chuka university

Kenya

JESSYMOL K Thomas

SAAO

South Africa

Sthabile Kolwa

Inter-university Institute of Data-Intensive Astronomy / University of Johannesburg

South Africa

Dennis Kiyeng

University of Nairobi

Kenya

Takalanu Nemaungani

Department of Science and Innovation

South Africa

Guilaine Lagache

Aix-Marseille Université

France

Amidou Sorgho

Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucia (IAA-CSIC)

Spain

Kavilan Moodley

University of KwaZulu-Natal

South Africa

Rosalind Skelton

South African Astronomical Observatory

South Africa

Ramotholo Sefako

South African Astronomical Observatory

South Africa

Megan Argo

University of Central Lancashire

United Kingdom

Somaya Saad

National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIAG)

Egypt

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