A “No TMT” on Mauna Kea rally will be held to raise awareness to not allow a Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) to be built on Mauna Kea, the largest mountain in Hawaii.
This rally will be held on Friday, April 28th at 3:00 P.M. at Caltech Astronomy Building in Pasadena.
Caltech is participating in the construction of a necessary section of the of the 18- story telescope. TMT corporate headquarters is based in Pasadena, and partners with financial supporters in Canada, China, India, Japan and the U.S. Although the permit to build the telescope was denied by the Hawaii Supreme Court in December, 2016, TMT is attempting to acquire a building permit once again through the court system of Hawaii.
The indigenous people of Hawaii and supporters strongly believe that this proposed world’s largest telescope should not be built on the pristine mountain of Mauna Kea. Mauna Kea rises 33,000 feet from the seafloor and is a sacred area important to their culture, the umbilical cord connecting the sky and the Earth. The building of the telescope would not only desecrate this sacred land but also contaminate its epicenter of pure water supply for Big Island, located atop Mauna Kea.
Although much of the land and rights of the Native Hawaiians have been stripped away from them since the takeover of Hawaii by the U.S. in 1893, they are standing together and need the support of others to stop this action against their cultural and human rights.
For more information call (808) 524-8220 or toll-free (877) 585-2432 or email here.
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