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

Jeremie Lasue

IRAP-CNRS

France

Matthew Hoskin

The University of Warwick

United Kingdom

Sofia Rojas

Max Planck Institute for Astronomy

Germany

Michael Olberg

Onsala Space Observatory

Sweden

Kateryna Frantseva

Kapteyn Astronomical Institute

Netherlands

Laura Fissel

Queen's University

Canada

Francesca Zuccarello

University of Catania

Italy

Heather Cegla

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

Ismael Garcia-Bernete

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

Samuele Galeotta

INAF-OATS

Italy

Gottfried Kanbach

Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial Physics

Germany

Doogesh Kodi Ramanah

University of Copenhagen

Denmark

Lyne Van de Vyvere

University of Liège

Belgium

David Helfand

Columbia University

United States of America

Katharina Leiter

Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

Germany

Moritz Günther

MIT

United States of America

Isobel Romero-Shaw

Monash University

Australia

Jens Erler

Argelander-Institute for Astronomy

Germany

Giovanni La Mura

Laboratório de Instrumentação e Física Experimental de Partículas

Portugal

Alexandre MARCINIAK

IRAP - CNRS

France

Laila Vleeschower

University of Manchester

Mexico

Pranav Limaye

Fergusson College Pune India

India

Laura Eisenberger

Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

Germany

Charlotte Mason

Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian

United States of America

Stephanie Monty

Australian National University

Australia

Sandra N. dos Reis

Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço

Portugal

Jean-Luc Atteia

Université Paul Sabatier

France

Maria Federica Marcucci

INAF

Italy

Chiara Battistini

Zentrum für Astronomie Heidelberg

Germany

Balu Sreedhar

University of Melbourne

Australia

Aymen Ben Aicha

palais des sciences de Monastir Tunisie

Tunisia

Soumya Shreeram

MPE

Germany

Aakash Bhat

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen-Nürnberg

Germany

Ricardo Reis

Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço

Portugal

Laura Kreidberg

MPIA

Germany

Paola Pinilla

MPIA

Germany

Lucia Härer

Dr. Karl Remeis-Sternwarte

Germany

Caroline Collischon

FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

Germany

Keith Smith

AAAS Science International

United Kingdom

Monica Barnard

University of Johannesburg

South Africa

Josefa Grossschedl

University of Vienna

Austria

Claudio Ricci

Universidad Diego Portales

Chile

Bryan Gaensler

University of Toronto

Canada

João Gomes da Silva

Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço

Portugal

Claudia Agliozzo

ESO

Germany

Richard Anderson

EPFL

Switzerland

Sylvie BRAU-NOGUE

IRAP-CNRS

France

Gabriele Vecchi

INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera

Italy

Giacomo Principe

University of Trieste

Italy

Jorge Gameiro

Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço

Portugal

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