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 to this UK-based initiative, 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
 
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
 
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