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

Jorge Villa

Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille

France

Claudia M. Raiteri

INAF-Osservatorio Astrofisico di Torino

Italy

Maria Teresa Lago

IAU General Secretary

France

Melanie Kaasinen

Max Planck Institute for Astronomy

Germany

Arianna Dolfi

Swinburne University of Technology

Australia

Franz Kirsten

Chalmers University of Technology

Sweden

Nichole Barry

University of Melbourne

Australia

Renate Mauland-Hus

University of Oslo

Norway

Joaquín García de la Cruz

Liverpool John Moores University

United Kingdom

Maria Angela Raj

INAF Astronomical Observatory of Rome

Italy

Jan Palouš

Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Czech Republic

Eliana Palazzi

INAF

Italy

Thomas Nordlander

Australian National University

Australia

Adriano Poci

University of Durham

United Kingdom

Roderik Overzier

Observatório Nacional

Brazil

Amy Maclean

Uws

United Kingdom

Richard Wünsch

Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Czech Republic

Fabienne Schiefeneder

Thüringer Landessternwarte

Germany

David Bersier

Liverpool John Moores University

United Kingdom

Juergen Kerp

Bonn UNivetsity, Argelander-Institut fuer Astronomie

Germany

Jessica Rigley

Insititue of Astronomy, University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

Ashley Barnes

Argelander-Institut für Astronomie, Uni. Bonn

Germany

John Weaver

University of Copenhagen

Denmark

Sébastien Derriere

Observatoire astronomique de Strasbourg

France

Axel Runnholm

Department of Astronomy, Stockholm University

Sweden

Aymeric Galan

EPFL

Switzerland

Thomas Murach

DESY Zeuthen

Germany

Lionel Jacques

Centre Spatial de Liège

Belgium

Alessandro Spagna

INAF - Osservatorio Astrofisico di Torino

Italy

William Alston

ESA

Spain

Colin Henshaw

Astronomical Safaris

United Kingdom

François Wildi

University of Geneva

Switzerland

Lennart van Sluijs

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

Doris Stoppacher

University of California Santa Cruz

United States of America

Eleanor Spring

Universiteit van Amsterdam

Netherlands

Orfeu Bertolami

Departamento de Física e Astronomia, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade do Porto

Portugal

Sébastien Carassou

Independent

France

Michael Murphy

Swinburne University of Technology

Australia

Aybuke Kupcu Yoldas

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

Alice Booth

Leiden University

Netherlands

Martin Kuerster

Max Planck Institute for Astronomy

Germany

Soheb Mandhai

University of Leicester

United Kingdom

Fabrizio Bocchino

INAF-OAPa

Italy

Dany Vohl

ASTRON, Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy

Netherlands

Michael Wetzstein

MPE-Garching

Germany

Grisa Mocnik

University of Nova Gorica

Slovenia

Nate Bastian

Donastia International Physics Center

Spain

Omar Attia

University of Geneva

Switzerland

Aage Sandqvist

Stockholm Observatory, Stockholm University

Sweden

Roberto Vazquez

UNAM

Mexico

Institutional Endorsements

institutional endorsments

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