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

Marco Grau

Max-Planck-Institute for extraterrestrial Physics

Germany

Stefano Bellotti

IRAP

France

Suresh Bhattarai

Nepal Astronomical Society

Nepal

Iris Nijman

HE Space for ESA

Netherlands

Joao Yun

Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço

Portugal

Sophia Waddell

Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik

Germany

Christos Georgiou

Leiden University

Netherlands

Joshua Lovell

Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

Oriana Mansutti

INAF - OATS

Italy

Chandreyee Maitra

MPE

Germany

Benjamin Giblin

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

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Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Univ. Paris-Saclay

France

Mihir Kulkarni

Columbia University

United States of America

Victor Barbosa Martins

DESY

Germany

Alessia Moretti

INAF

Italy

Pallavi Patil

National Radio Astronomy Observatory

United States of America

Julia Bodensteiner

Institute of Astronomy, KU Leuven

Belgium

Ballet Jean

AIM, CEA Saclay

France

Anke Pagels-Kerp

German Space Agency

Germany

David Jones

Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias

Spain

Jesus Falcon-Barroso

Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias

Spain

Diana Klutse

University of Kwazulu-Natal

South Africa

Philip Kaaret

University of Iowa

United States of America

Misty Bentz

Georgia State University

United States of America

Bastian Körtgen

Hamburg Observatory

Germany

Deepika Venkattu

Stockholm University

Sweden

Alice Zocchi

University of Vienna

Austria

Emma Bordier

ESO

Chile

Heather Campbell

University of Surrey

United Kingdom

Joseph Omojola

University of the Witwatersrand

South Africa

Tara Dunch

Macquarie University

Australia

Mattia Sirressi

Stockholm University

Sweden

Jordan Van Beeck

KU Leuven

Belgium

Luke Shingles

Queen's University Belfast

United Kingdom

Michelle Wooten

University of Colorado Boulder

United States of America

Maxime Deckers

Trinity College Dublin

Ireland

Pedro Viana

Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto

Portugal

Giovanni Ceribella

Max-Planck-Institute for Physics

Italy

Jacinta Delhaize

University of Cape Town

South Africa

Claudia Mignone

INAF

Italy

Matthieu Schaller

Leiden University

Netherlands

Jean Damascene Mbarubucyeye

DESY

Germany

Getinet Ayane

Kotebe Metropolitan University

Ethiopia

Eric Burns

Louisiana State University

United States of America

Daniel Pfenniger

University of Geneva, Geneva Observatory

Switzerland

Alison Young

University of Leicester

United Kingdom

Jaroslav Merc

P. J. Šafárik University in Košice

Slovakia

Om Sharan Salafia

Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica

Italy

Marijke Haverkorn

Radboud University

Netherlands

andrea belfiore

INAF

Italy

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