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

Tana Joseph

University of Amsterdam

United Kingdom

Manuel Meyer

Erlangen Center for Astroparticle Physics

Germany

David Schiminovich

Columbia University

United States of America

Camila de Sá Freitas

ESO

Germany

Celia Mulcahey

Mount Holyoke College

United States of America

Cédric Taïssir Heritier

European Southern Observatory

Germany

Jürgen Knödlseder

IRAP

France

Matthew Hayes

Stockholm University

Sweden

Linn Boldt-Christmas

Uppsala University

Sweden

Michael Allison

Columbia University

United States of America

Francisco Nogueras Lara

MPIA

Germany

Michel RIEUTORD

Université Toulouse 3 Paul Sabatier

France

Arno Schoenmakers

ASTRON

Netherlands

Aaron Schneider

KULeuven

Belgium

Théo James

ISAE-Supaero

France

Mitali Damle

University of Potsdam

India

Alessia Garofalo

INAF OAS Bologna

Italy

Bernhard Brandl

Leiden University

Netherlands

Gareth Banyard

KU Leuven

Belgium

Denisha Pillay

UKZN

South Africa

Ralf Ballhausen

FAU Erlangen-Nuernberg

Germany

Siemen Burssens

KU Leuven

Belgium

Steffen Hallmann

DESY

Germany

Javier Piqueras López

Centro de Astrobiología (CAB, CSIC-INTA)

Spain

Ilse van Bemmel

JIVE

Netherlands

Manuela Campanelli

Rochester Institute of Technology

United States of America

Ángel R. López-Sánchez

Australian Astronomical Optics, Macquarie University

Australia

Sebastian Ertl

Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics

Germany

Maojin Lang

Leiden Observatory

Netherlands

Anita Zanella

INAF

Italy

MANUELA ABRIL

GRANTECAN

Spain

Rafael Luque

Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía

Spain

Manami Sasaki

University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

Germany

donati jean-francois

cnrs

France

Francesco Ursini

Università Roma Tre

Italy

David Green

Max Planck Institute for Physics

Germany

Nicolás Cardiel

Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Spain

Ronaldo Bellazzini

Infn pisa

Italy

Karsten Markus-Schnabel

Friedensburg-Oberschule

Germany

Héctor D. Rguez.

I.A.C.

Spain

AMBRE GHISALBERTI

ISAE-Supaero

France

Juan Carlos Munoz-Mateos

ESO

Germany

Katie Auchettl

University of Melbourne

Australia

Swayamtrupta Panda

Center for Theoretical Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences

Poland

João Dias

Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto

Portugal

Graham Smith

University of Birmingham

United Kingdom

Fiona Murphy-Glaysher

Liverpool John Moores University

United Kingdom

Joris van Heijningen

UCLouvain

Belgium

Jorrit Leenaarts

Stockholm University

Sweden

Debra Elmegreen

Vassar College

United States of America

Institutional Endorsements

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