[ View the story "Hawaiians protest construction of telescope on sacred ground" on Storify] Hawaiians protest construction of telescope on sacred ground Project temporarily halted, as protests continue.
The Stream· Fri, Apr 10 2015 21:00:59
Keiki Future - TMT ShutdownSam Kapoi
A few days after several protesters were
, the governor
a halt on construction for a period of one week. Those opposing the project say they are not against science, but argue the location of the telescope will
desecrate holy land
We must protect sacred lands and the environment for future generations to learn, respect, honor & enjoy. #TMTshutdown #aoleTMT #hawaiiElizabeth Diaz
Across the globe, supporters took to social media to show solidarity for the protesters:
Mahalo @sofisia7 for your support. @protectmaunakeaprideofgypsies
The protests have prompted at least one scientist to think more critically about the impact of her work on indigenous lands.
#aoleTMT has got me thinking… How can I better acknowledge & engage with the Indigenous people on whose land I do my science? 1/2Karen James
Critics of the protests
the project is for scientific purposes only.
We should build the #TMT (30m telescope) on Mauna Kea. Scientific correctness over political correctness. @BadAstronomer thoughts?Philip Bergen
They need to keep working on the telescope and arrest anyone who tries to stop them. #WeAreMaunaKeaPrinnyCast
This is not the first time Native Hawaiians have taken action to stop the building of telescopes on Mauna Kea. In 2006, NASA
funding on the Outrigger Telescope Project after a judge overruled a permit for several telescopes planned for the site.
Hawaii was annexed against the will of its ppl.Astro find the #aoleTMT protests frustrating?Try being a Native person for the last 500 yrs.Chanda (王嬋娟)
petition created to immediately halt both construction and arrests has more than 34,000 supporters.