On August 10, 2019. Protesters gathered in front of the Oregon State Capitol to protest a 30-meter telescope being built atop Mauna Kea. Gathering support that is much needed with their battle against private companies and Governor David Ige, who keeps pushing construction through despite the people’s calls for the project to not go through.

TMT (Thirty Meter Telescope) that is being pushed through. Credit to Forbes for the photo.

They are trying to build a 30-meter telescope, which they are bringing it as TMT, and they are trying to build it atop mount Kea. Mauna kea is a mountain on the island of Hawaii in the state of Hawaii. It is a very sacred place to Hawaiians, and the area they are trying to build in is the area specifically is a sacred place for also a native habitat for certain things. In order for them to build this 30-meter telescope, they are going to have to dig 18 stories down into the mountain and it is going to be about a football stadium sized. So, it is going to be so big they will have to drill into the island’s aqua source, the water source, and it is going to contaminate the water, not to mention the construction they are going to do with the vehicles going up and down is going to pollute the area. So, it is going to cause a lot of desecration. That is why we are trying to protest is that it should not be there, there is already 15 telescopes up there, but 7 of those are inactive. They are going to build another one, and it is not necessary, it is not safe for our environment and it Is going to desecrate a lot of our sacred grounds and temple grounds. One of the things we want to make clear is that with our protest, and even as Hawaiians, we are not against science; this is not a protest against science, it is a protest against the destruction of land and natural resources. We are not only battling with the private company, but also against the state. The governor continues to ignore the people’s call and he is also trying to push this thing through. So, that is what this is all about.

Koa Lyu, Organizer and Videographer from Ki ‘Oni Productions

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