Media Briefing Invitation: Astronomers and the Climate Emergency, 21 July 2021
National Astronomy Meeting press release
RAS PR 21/26 (NAM 13)
20 July 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Astronomers and space scientists are some of the strongest advocates for action on climate change. As a community, their carbon footprint can also be very high, at least in normal years, primarily the result of a large amount of international travel to conferences and facilities like observatories. A secondary factor in some cases is the use of energy hungry supercomputing facilities running large scale simulations.
Now many astronomers are arguing for systemic changes to their working practice, to lead by example, and to deliver big cuts in their CO2 emissions. The ‘Astronomers for Planet Earth
’ open letter now has more than 2800 signatories, and in the UK, the Royal Astronomical Society recently signed the UN Climate Neutral Now
Journalists are warmly invited to attend a media briefing on “Astronomers and the Climate Emergency” at 16:00 BST on Wednesday 21 July, at the online National Astronomy Meeting (NAM 2021). The briefing will be chaired by Dr Hannah Dalgleish from the University of Oxford. Please join using the Zoom credentials below or contact a member of the conference press team.
Speakers at the briefing include:
Dr Robert Massey, RAS – Deputy Executive Director of the Royal Astronomical Society
Dr Tim Hewlett, Scientist Rebellion – astrophysicist and founder of Scientist Rebellion, invited speaker at NAM 2021
Ms Jo Ramasawmy, UK Astronomy Technology Centre – astrophysicist and outreach expert, invited panellist at NAM 2021
Dr Abigail Frost, KU Leuven – astrophysicist and co-chair of the event at NAM 2021
Dr Manisha Shrestha, Liverpool John Moores University – astrophysicist and co-chair of the event at NAM 2021
Dr Hannah Dalgleish, University of Oxford – astrophysicist and chair of the event at NAM 2021