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!

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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

Andrej Prsa

Villanova University

United States of America

Glenn Kacprzak

Swinburne University of Technology

Australia

Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz

University of California, Santa Cruz

United States of America

Jae Yeon Mun

Australian National University

Korea, South

René Tronsgaard

Technical University of Denmark

Denmark

Johan Mazoyer

Observatoire de Paris

France

Robert Kibrick

University of California Observatories

United States of America

Soumyadeep Das

Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi

India

Peter Plavchan

George Mason University

United States of America

Raja GuhaThakurta

University of California Santa Cruz

United States of America

Alexis Heitzmann

University of Southern Queensland

Australia

Luc Binette

Instituto de Astronomía, UNAM

Mexico

Michael Bolte

UC Santa Cruz

United States of America

Christian Lehmann

Swinburne University of Technology

Australia

Vivian White

Astronomical Society of the Pacific

United States of America

Carlo Stanghellini

INAF-IRA

Italy

Nora Loiseau

Quasar S,R, S.L. for ESAC/ESA

Spain

Shanil Virani

Our Island Universe

Canada

Katie Crotts

University of Victoria

Canada

Nicholas Scott

BAERI/NASA ARC

United States of America

Jaime Forero-Romero

Universidad de los Andes

Colombia

Alan Chew

San Francisco State University

United States of America

Joycelin Craig

Astronomical Society of the Pacific

United States of America

Jan Forbrich

University of Hertfordshire

United Kingdom

Huub Rottgering

Leiden Observatory

Netherlands

Ariel Werle

INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova

Italy

Catalina Arcos

Universidad de Valparaíso

Chile

Paul Ray Burd

Julius-Maximilians Universität Würzburg

Germany

Stephen Serjeant

The Open University

United Kingdom

JAY YANOS

Astronomical Society of the Pacific

United States of America

Peter Martin

University of Toronto

Canada

Garima Singh

NRC Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Center

Canada

Robert Nikutta

NOIRLab

United States of America

Karen Olsen

University of Arizona

United States of America

Eva Noyola

McDonald Observatory

United States of America

Leo Girardi

INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova

Italy

Imani Ware

San Francisco State University

United States of America

Denis Barkats

Harvard University

France

Vincent Henault-Brunet

Saint Mary's University

Canada

John Brewer

San Francisco State University

United States of America

Kshitij Thorat

University of Pretoria

South Africa

Sarah Wagner

Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

Germany

Simone Daflon

Observatorio Nacional

Brazil

Christopher Matzner

University of Toronto

Canada

Holly Andrews

Chalmers University of Technology

Sweden

Esma Hasançebi

Istanbul Technical University

Turkey

Marcus Langejahn

University of Würzburg

Germany

Alexander Kappes

University of Würzburg

Germany

Roberto Nesci

INAF/IAPS-Roma

Italy

Jeffrey Bennett

Big Kid Science

United States of America

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