Hawaii’s Mauna Kea Telescope Opposition Gains Momentum With Rallies, Walk-Out and International Support ICTMN Staff
Telescope Opposition Gains Momentum With Rallies, Walk-Out and International Support
Opposition to the construction of a giant copy.4 billion telescope on top of sacred Mauna Kea Mountain gained momentum Monday, April 13 when hundreds of students and faculty members at the University of Hawaii at Manoa staged a walk-out, thousands rallied on the Big Island and Oahu to call for an end to the project, and support poured in from around the world.
“We are not going to stop until this issue is brought to a halt,” said Jon Osorio, professor in the Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, at a press conference following the walk-out, which was reported by KITV.
Native Hawaiians believe that Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano that is 13,796 feet above sea level, is the most sacred place on all of the islands. The University of Hawaii and its partners want to build the world’s biggest telescope—an 18-story high industrial complex telescope—at the top of the mountain. Scientists say it’s the best location in the world to see the faint and distant objects they can’t observe with existing telescopes. Thirteen other telescopes are currently located on Mauna Kea. Environmental groups oppose the project because of concerns about impacts to the water quality of the aquifer and the environment.
The university’s partners are the Thirty Meter International Observatory (TIO), Goodfellow Bros, the University of Hawai‘i (UH), the Office of Mauna Kea Management, the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, and the Hawai‘i State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR). The University of California, California Institute of Technology, National Astronomical Observatories of China and Japan and other international institutions are also providing funding for the project, according to the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC). The council has issued a statement calling for international support to stop the desecration of Mauna Kea. …Read More.