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

Sibel Döner

İstanbul Üniversitesi Fen Bilimleri Enstitüsü

Turkey

Léo Vacher

Institut d'astrophysique et de planetologie (IRAP)

France

Oscar Cavichia

UNIFEI

Brazil

Laura Toribio

CIEMAT

Spain

Danielle Nakashima

Erlangen Centre for Astroparticle Physics

Germany

Rodrigo Reeves

Universidad de Concepcion

Chile

Samar Safi-Harb

University of Manitoba

Canada

Robi Banerjee

Hamburg Observatory, University of Hamburg

Germany

Yjan Gordon

University of Manitoba

Canada

Mariangela Bonavita

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

Arti Goyal

Jagiellonian University

Poland

Fred Rasio

Northwestern University

United States of America

José A. Caballero

Centro de Astrobiología

Spain

Wolf-Rainer Hamann

Institut für Physik und Astronomie, Universität Potsdam

Germany

Brandon Lawton

Space Telescope Science Institute

United States of America

Beatriz Mingo

The Open University, UK

United Kingdom

Alberto J. Castro-Tirado

IAA-CSIC

Spain

Harland Epps

UC Santa Cruz

United States of America

Rubén García-Benito

Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía

Spain

Marcin Glowacki

IDIA, University of the Western Cape

South Africa

Nunzio Motta

Queensland University of Technology

Australia

Marios Kalomenopoulos

Royal Observatory Edinburgh

United Kingdom

Nicolas Cowan

McGill University

Canada

Jay Bhalerao

Dallas College

United States of America

Ana Nicuesa

Thüringer Landessternwarte Tautenburg

Germany

Ignacio Sevilla

CIEMAT

Spain

Emily Biermann

University of Pittsburgh

United States of America

Adam Batten

Swinburne University of Technology

Australia

Jean-Francois Glicenstein

CEA-Saclay, Université Paris-Saclay

France

Cristina Catalán-Torrecilla

Centro de Astrobiología (CAB, CSIC-INTA)

Spain

Sébastien Comerón

Universidad de La Laguna

Spain

Paloma de la luz Mínguez Ledo

Observatorio Calar Alto

Spain

Shruti Badole

University of Manchester

United Kingdom

Ricardo Dorda

Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias

Spain

Ignasi Ribas

Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CSIC)

Spain

Alessandra Candian

Leiden Observatory

Netherlands

Sera Markoff

API/GRAPPA, University of Amsterdam

Netherlands

Taissa Danilovich

KU Leuven

Belgium

Jose F. Rojas

Universidad del Pais Vasco

Spain

Enise Ercan

Bogazici University

Turkey

Alban Remillieux

CRAL

France

Giampaolo Vettolani

INAF

Italy

Anna Ferre-Mateu

ICCUB

Spain

David Bogensberger

Max Planck Institute of Extraterrestrial Physics

Germany

Sarah McDonald

Liverpool John Moores University

United Kingdom

Julio David Melon Fuksman

Max Planck Institute for Astronomy

Argentina

Pablo Corcho-Caballero

Autonomous University of Madrid

Spain

Catherine Manea

University of Texas at Austin

United States of America

Mäusli Pierre-Alain

EPFL

Switzerland

Simon casassus

Universidad de Chile

Chile

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