A science oath for the climate: text and signing

A science oath for the climate: a pledge of scrutiny, integrity and engagement

Science has no higher purpose than to understand and help maintain the conditions for life to thrive on Earth. We may look beyond our planet with wonder and learn, but this is our only viable home.

Our dwelling though is critically threatened by the loss of the stable climate which has allowed humanity to flourish. We pledge to act in whatever ways we are able, in our lives and work, to prevent catastrophic climate disruption. 

To translate this pledge into a force for real change, we will:

  • explain honestly, clearly and without compromise, what scientific evidence tells us about the seriousness of the climate emergency.
  • not second-guess what might seem politically or economically pragmatic when describing the scale and timeframe of action needed to deliver the 1.5°C and 2°C commitments, specified in the Paris Climate Agreement.  And, speak out about what is not compatible with the commitments, or is likely to undermine them.
  • to the best of our abilities, and mindful of the urgent need for systemic change, seek to align our own behaviour with the climate targets, and reduce our own personal carbon emissions to demonstrate the possibilities for change. 

With courtesy and firmness, we will hold our professional associations, institutions and employers to these same standards, and invite our colleagues across the scientific community to sign, act on and share this pledge.


Sign the oath

To join the other signatories complete the Google Form below. Soon afterwards we will add your name to the list at the bottom of this page.

The more people who commit, the more weight the oath will have in demonstrating how seriously scientists take climate change and the need for urgent, large-scale action.

For more background information on the oath, see: Why do we need the climate oath?

 

Signatories

Name Institution*
*please note that affiliation is for information only, signatories have signed in a personal capacity 
Academics in a climate-related area
Professor Jonathan Bamber University of Bristol, UK
Emeritus Professor Keith Barnham Imperial College London, UK
Professor Sarah Bracking King's College London, UK
Professor Joy Carter University of Winchester, UK
Professor Paul Chatterton University of Leeds, UK
Professor Ian Gough London School of Economics, UK
Professor David Humphreys Open University, UK
Professor Alice Larkin University of Manchester, UK
Professor Simon Lewis University of Leeds, UK
Professor Bill McGuire University College London, UK 
Professor Peter Newell University of Sussex, UK
Professor Matthew Paterson University of Manchester, UK
Professor Lloyd Peck University of Cambridge & British Antarctic Survey, UK 
Professor William Powrie University of Southampton, UK
Professor Chris Rapley University College London, UK
Professor Benjamin K. Sovacool University of Sussex, UK
Professor Julia Steinberger University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Professor Rachel Warren University of East Anglia, UK
Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh University of Bath, UK
Dr Sally Brown Bournemouth University, UK
Dr Sian Henley University of Edinburgh, UK
Dr Matthew Lockwood University of Sussex, UK
Dr Ed Maibach George Mason University, US
Dr Stefan Smith University of Reading, UK
Dr Matt Watson University of Bristol, UK
Dr Duncan Watson-Parris University of Oxford, UK
Emeritus Professor Will Steffen Australian National University, Australia
Professor Kevin Anderson University of Manchester, UK & University of Uppsala, Sweden
Professor Nick Robins London School of Economics, UK
David Somervell Honorary tutor, University of Edinburgh, UK
Professor Tim Foxon University of Sussex, UK
Dr Wolmet Barendregt Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Dr Keith Baker Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
Dr Raphael Manlay AgroParisTech, France
Professor Olaf Eisen Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz-Centre for Polar and Marine Research & University of Bremen, Germany
Dr James Bradley Queen Mary University of London, UK
Dr Riccardo Riva Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Dr Patricia Sanchez-Baracaldo University of Bristol, UK
Nicholas Maxwell Retired from University College London, UK 
Professor Daniel Parsons University of Hull, UK

Dr Adriana Suarez Delucchi

University of Bristol, UK
Dr Pedro Alarcon Flacso Ecuador, Ecuador
Dr David Crookall UCA, France (retired)
Dr Daniel Schillereff King's College London, UK
Professor Phoebe Barnard Conservation Biology Institute & University of Washington, US
Professor Richard Kool Royal Roads University, Canada
Dr Andrew Fanning Doughnut Economics Action Lab & Visiting Research Fellow, University of Leeds, UK
Professor Rich Pancost University of Bristol, UK
Dr Lucy McCarthy University of Bristol, UK
Professor Guy Howard University of Bristol, UK
Dr Alix Dietzel University of Bristol, UK
Jefim Vogel University of Leeds, UK
Dr Merle Patchett University of Bristol, UK
Dr Charlie Gardner University of Kent, UK
Dr Phillipa Gillingham Bournemouth University, UK
Professor Rick Stafford Bournemouth University, UK
Dr Nick Kirsop-Taylor University of Exeter, UK
Dr Dann Mitchell University of Bristol, UK
Alec Christie University of Cambridge, UK
Dr Varyl Thorndycraft Royal Holloway University of London, UK
Loic Piret Ghent University, Belgium
Dr Alejandro Dussaillant  Visiting, Middlesex University, UK
Professor Jules Pretty University of Essex, UK
Dr Georgia Jones Bournemouth University, UK
Dr Natalie Jones University of Cambridge, UK
Dr Kathy Barker University of Washington, US
Professor Gloria K Hsu National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Dr Amelie Kirchgaessner British Antarctic Survey, UK
Professor Janet Stephenson University of Otago, New Zealand
Professor Ralph Sims Massey University, New Zealand
Dominic Martin University of Goettingen, Germany
Andrew Simms University of Sussex & Scientists for Global Responsibility, UK
Dr Ervin Bossanyi University of Bristol & DNV GL, UK
Wincenty Pawlowski Retired from University of Arizona, US
Professor Madeleine Pullman Portland State University, US
Dr Sam Williamson University of Bristol, UK
Professor Joshua Cooper University of Hawai'i - West O'ahu, US
Professor John Whitelegg Liverpool John Moores University, US
Dr Daphne Gondhalekar Technical University of Munich, Germany
Dr Emily Heath Lancaster University, UK
Dr Benjamin Neimark Lancaster University, UK
Dr Sabaheta Ramcilovic-Suominen Natural Resources Institute Finland, Finland
Dr Marjorie Lundgren Lancaster University, UK
Dr Rebecca Whittle Lancaster University, UK
Professor Crispin Halsall Lancaster University, UK
Dr Emma Sayer Lancaster University, UK
Dr Amin Soltangheisi Lancaster University, UK
Professor Nigel Clark Lancaster University, UK
Dr James Graham University of East Anglia, UK
Dr Andy Yuille Lancaster University, UK
Emeritus Professor Colin Pooley Lancaster University, UK
Dr Catherine Baxendale Lancaster University, UK
Emeritus Professor Keith Beven Lancaster University, UK
Dr Heather Moorhouse Lancaster University, UK
Dr Myanna Lahsen INPE, Brazil
Dr Scott Archer-Nicholls University of Cambridge, UK
Professor Stefan Gossling Lund University, Sweden
Dr Simon Beard University of Cambridge, UK
Dr Joanna Wright University of Northampton, UK
Dr Lynette Carter University of Otago, New Zealand (retired)
Dr Marc Babut INRAE, France (retired)
Dr Anthony Goodchild Animal & Plant Health Agency, UK
Dr Charlotte Rae University of Sussex, UK
Dr Tom Barker Graduate School of the Environment, Centre for Alternative Technology, UK
Dr Tony Wainwright University of Exeter, UK
Professor Emeritus David Uzzell University of Surrey, UK
Professor Martin Milton Regent's University London, UK
Dr Dominique Bachelet Oregon State University, US
Emeritus Professor John Guillebaud

University College London, UK

Dr Ellen Quigley University of Cambridge, UK
Professor Anastasia Peiridis

Panteion University, Greece

Peter Knapp Imperial College London, UK
Dr Isabelle Schuerch University of Sheffield, UK
Professor Richard Parncutt University of Graz, Austria
Dr Matt Orr Oregon State University Cascades Campus, US
Professor Grégoire Wallenborn Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Professor Vanesa Castan Broto

University of Sheffield, UK

Dr Guga Gogia ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Professor Tim Ibell University of Bath, UK
Dr Jessica Thorn University of York, UK
Dr Karin Bengtsson Uppsala, Sweden
Professor David Goulson University of Sussex, UK
Professor Levent Kurnaz Boğaziçi University, Turkey
Dr Gloria Ursino University of Geneva, Switzerland
Professor Nathan Phillips Boston University, US
Professor Ariana Lambert-Mogiliansky Paris School of Economics, France
Professor Clair Brown University of California, Berkeley, US
Professor James McWilliams University of California, Los Angeles, US
Dr Heather Price North Seattle University, US
Dr David Grinspoon Planetary Science Institute, US
Dr Andrew Tirrell University of San Diego, US
Professor Kathleen McAfee San Francisco State University, US
Dr Juliet Stromberg Arizona State University, US
Professor James Renwick Victoria University of Wellington, US
Professor Greg Marsden University of Leeds, UK
Dr Judith Nora Hardt Centre Marc Bloch, Germany
Professor Jens Lund University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Professor Henrietta Moore University College London, UK
Professor Sabrina Speich Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), Paris, France
Dr James King University of Sheffield, UK
Professor Wim Thiery Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Dr Gunnar Schade Texas A&M University, US
Professor Sara Vicca University of Antwerp, Belgium
Dr Aleah Sommers Dartmouth College, US
Professor Sabine Gabrysch PIK and Charité, Germany
Dr Heike Wex Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research, Germany
Dr Patricia  DeRepentigny University of Colorado Boulder, US
Professor Steven Sherwood University of New South Wales, Australia
Professor Shauna Murray University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Professor Peter Jackson University of Northern British Columbia, Canada
Dr Friedrich Bohn Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany
Dr Roland Schrödner Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research
Parissa Chokrai Otto-von-Guericke University, Germany
Dr Stefan Hofer University of Oslo, Norway
Dr Stefan Zahn Leibniz Institute of Surface Engineering (IOM)
Professor Helen Fricker Scripps Institution of Oceanography, US
Professor Sheona Shackleton ACDI, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Dr Aaron Thierry Cardiff University, UK
Professor Charles Harvey Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US
Professor Samantha Joye University of Georgia, US
Dr Martha Groom University of Washington-Bothell & University of Washington, US
Professor Christopher Barrington-Leigh McGill University, Canada
Professor Michael Rawlins University of Massachusetts-Amherst, US
Dr James Rice, Professor Emeritus North Carolina State University, US
Professor David Archer University of Chicago, US
Professor LuAnne Thompson University of Washington, US
Professor Paul Bierman University of Vermont, US
Professor Emeritus Richard Gammon University of Washington, US
Dr Dawn Wright Oregon State University, US
Professor Beata Csatho University at Buffalo, US
Professor Jennie Stephens Northeastern University, US
Professor Emeritus Richard Somerville University of California, San Diego, US
Professor Michele Carducci  University of Salento, Italy
Professor David Burdige Old Dominion University, US
Jean-Charles Sicard CIRAD, France
Dr  José Júlio Ferraz de Campos Jr. University of São Paulo, Brazil
Dr Stefano Santabarbara National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Italy
Professor Morgan Edwards University of Wisconsin-Madison, US
Professor Daniel Hummer Southern Illinois University, US
Professor Philip Orton Stevens Institute of Technology, US
Dr Sarah Truebe University of Arizona, US
Professor Sayan Biswas University of Minnesota, US
Dr Ethan Welty University of Zurich, Switzerland
Dr Ann-Perry Witmer University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US
Professor Mathieu Morlighem Dartmouth College, US
Dr Kristin Wolf Champlain College, US
Professor Bindu Panikkar University of Vermont, US
Dr Geoffrey Supran Harvard University, US
Professor Spruce Schoenemann University of Montana Western
Dr Matthew Cooper University of California, Los Angeles, US
Dr Timothy White The Pennsylvania State University, US
Dr Jamie Mitchem University of North Georgia, US
Dr Valerie Esposito Champlain College, US
Dr Susanne Moser UMass-Amherst, Antioch University and Susanne Moser Research & Consulting, US
Dr Joerg Schaefer Columbia University, US
Professor Paul Wapner American University, US
Professor Shafer Smith NYU/Courant Institute/CAOS, US
Dr Aman Gupta  Ludwig-Maximilian University, Germany
Professor Meredith Kelly Dartmouth College, US
Professor Andreas Schmittner Oregon State University, US
Dr Sara Vestergren Keele University, UK
Dr John Fasullo  National Center for Atmospheric Research, US
Professor Gary Griggs University of California Santa Cruz, US
Professor Eric Rignot University of California Irvine, US
Professor Jeff Severinghaus University of California, San Diego, US
Professor Steven Businger University of Hawaii, US
Professor Ashok Gadgil University of California, Berkeley, US
Professor Matthew Alford Scripps Institution of Oceanography, US
Professor Jaia  Syvitski University of Colorado Boulder, US
Dr Ian Fenty NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory / California Institute of Technology, US
Professor  Sudhanshu Panda University of North Georgia, US
Dr Cyril Grima University of Texas at Austin, US
Professor Bart Geerts University of Wyoming, US
Professor Daniel Bedford Weber State University, US
Professor Bryan Dorsey Weber State University, US
Professor Jan Boll Washington State University, US
Dr David Butterfield University of Washington, US
Dr Jon Hawkings University of Pennsylvania, US
Dr David Rippin University of York, UK
Dr Anna Crawford University of St Andrews, UK
Professor Jens-Ove Naslund Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company (SKB), Sweden
Freya Roberts University College London, UK
Dr Eric Ewert Weber State University, US
Dr Adam Csank University of Nevada, Reno, US
Professor Jade D'Alpoim Guedes University of California San Diego, US
Professor Hester Jiskoot University of Lethbridge, Canada
Anrijs Kristians Abele University of Bristol, UK
Susanne Davidson University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland
Dr Scott Collins University of New Mexico, US
Mike Beckwith University of York, UK
Professor Sarah Bridle University of York, UK
Dr Oskar Glowacki Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Dr Mariangelica Groves Weber State University, US
Professor Steve Simpson University of Bristol, UK
Dr Emma Emanuelsson University of Bath, UK
Professor Marianne Ellis University of Bath, UK
Dr Marney Pratt Smith College, US
Professor Jonas Ardö Lund University, Sweden
Dr Anna Aguilera Simmons University, US
Dr Marianne Hall Lund University, Sweden
Professor Elizabeth Scott Simmons University, US
Dr Helen Avery Lund University, Sweden
Dr Mhairi Coyle The James Hutton Institute/UKCEH, UK
Dr Alfredo Mendoza Lund University, Sweden
Dr Marko Scholze Lund University, Sweden
Dr Zhixiong Shen Coastal Carolina University, US
Dr Albert Brangarí Lund University, Sweden
Dr Ebba Malmqvist Lund University, Sweden
Professor Gina Wimp Georgetown University, US
Dr Sasha Adkins Loyola University Chicago, US
Professor Philip Jones University of East Anglia, UK
Dr Anthony Yannarell University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US
Professor Bruce Haglund University of Idaho, US
Dr Diane Henshel Indiana University Bloomington, US
Dr Mariana Altrichter Prescott College, US
Professor Joe Desloges University of Toronto, Canada
Dr Brian Ohsowski Loyola University Chicago, US
Professor Daniel Spencer University of Montana, US
Professor Joshua Reno Binghamton University, US
Professor Matthew Kohn Boise State University, US
Professor Richard Allen University of Idaho, US
Dr Irene Fernandez Villegas Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Professor Sean Gulick University of Texas at Austin, US
Dr Meg  Mills-Novoa University of California, Berkeley, US
Professor Peter Knuepfer Binghamton University, State University of New York, US
Professor Mike Blum University of Kansas, US
Professor Dargan Frierson University of Washington, US
Professor Morgan O'Neill Stanford University, US
Emeritus Professor Malcolm Newson Newcastle University, UK
Professor Ken Rice University of Edinburgh, UK
 
Eminent supporters (non-scientist/engineer)
Jonathon Porritt Forum for the Future, UK  
 
Students in a climate-related area
Aliza Ayaz University College London, UK
Dr Paul McVeigh Queen's University Belfast, UK
Isolde Glissenaar University of Bristol, UK
Rajan Ghosh University of Otago, New Zealand
Emeritus Professor Harry Pinkerton Lancaster University, UK
Professor Martin Parker University of Bristol, UK
Cornelius Chen Chen Busitema University, Uganda
Angelica Johansson University College London, UK
Pia Marciano Technical University of Munich, Germany
Taiwo  Bamgboye Technical University of Munich, Germany
Millie Prosser Lancaster University, UK
Gary Noon Brunel University London, UK
Simon Hoyte University College London, UK
Ethan  Salathiel University of Bristol, UK
 
Scientists, social scientists and engineers working in climate-related areas outside academia
Dr Stuart Parkinson Scientists for Global Responsibility, UK
Dr Philip Webber Scientists for Global Responsibility, UK
Dr Gabrielle Walker Valence Solutions, UK
Dr Jan Maskell Scientists for Global Responsibility, UK
Marco Vinaccia GRID-Arendal, Norway
Dr Alison Green Scientists Warning, UK
Alyn Ware World Future Council, Czech Republic
Dr Stacy Blondin WRI, US
Olivia Crowe Climate Strategies, Czech Republic
Dr Mike Whitfield The New Phytologist Foundation, UK
Jane Wernick engineersHRW
John Beardmore T4 Sustainability, UK
Claire Mccamphill European Commission, Belgium
Dr Jindra Cekan Valuing Voices at Cekan Consulting, US
Bruno Bautil Biomares, Belgium
David Roberts Kulshan Services, US
Dr Andrew Boswell Climate Emergency Planning and Policy, UK
Dr Bibiana G. Crespo Norwegian Institute for Water Research
Robert Cahalan Emeritus scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Robert Shapiro Town of Wellfleet Energy Committee, US
Ceal Smith Alaska Institute for Climate & Energy (ALICE), US
Dr Ian Campbell Carbon Independent, UK
Daniel Kenning Splendid Engineering, UK
Roger Middleton Retired Consulting Engineer, UK
Nick Bristow Independent consultant engineer, UK
Danielle Marsden-Ballard Sacred Earth Works, Australia
Michael Reid Solar Polar Ltd, UK
Dr  Muhammad Yusuf Ali Independent consultant in agricultural R&D, Bangladesh
Dr Roger Singleton Riscon Solutions Ltd, UK
Dr Gad Levy NorthWest Research Associates, US
Dr Nick Waldo Mott MacDonald, US
Dr Charlotte Wagner Stockholm Environment Institute, US
Dr Alba Martín Español  BCG, Spain
Ceal Smith Alaska Institute for Climate and Energy, US
Dr Jim Whelan Prime Example Consulting, UK
Ian Byrne IBECCS Ltd