Deep Green Resistance: Protecting Mauna Kea: Why the Mountain?

Protesters against the Thirty Meter Telescope. Source.

I am preparing to leave for Hawai’i to offer myself in support of resistance to the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project that would place a large telescope and stadium-sized structure on the peak of native Hawaiians’ most sacred place – Mauna Kea.

The project, funded by a partnership including the University of California, the California Institute of Technology, and the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy among others, would also place a 5,000 gallon chemical waste container above the largest freshwater aquifer on Hawai’i Island.


I first heard about this struggle from the brilliant documentary film-maker Anne Keala Kelly when she spoke at the Earth at Risk conference in San Francisco organized by the Fertile Ground Environmental Institute last fall. I was beyond excited when a friend recently put me in touch with Keala explaining that the Mauna Kea protectors seek more support from the mainland.

It’s been over a year, since I gave up on the possibility that – as a white settler – I will ever truly be able to call stolen native land “home.” Instead of settling into one place, I believe I can be more effective traveling in support of indigenous sovereignty. So, after a wonderfully encouraging conversation with Keala, I am resolved to go…

  • David Murrell

    My only first cousin on my father’s side lives in Hawaii, and she’s a leftie. She posts junk on her Facebook page on this, and it’s utterly stupid. Lefties in Hawaii are now against science and exploration, stuff that’s not even anti-environmental. And all of this opposes meaningful jobs for the island. Hawaii is a symbol of where the United States is going, unfortunately.

    • Frau Katze

      How discouraging.

    • Clausewitz

      Yeah, well to people like your cousin, they expect science to be a religion, not an academic pursuit.

  • johnny p.

    I lived on the Big Island for 7 years and this is always an issue. If the telescope builders want community support, they’re going to have to shell out significant funds for this or that project. If all the cousins and all the cousins’ bruddahs find jobs thanks to the telescope people, no problem. Got to know da kine tings work.

  • Blacksmith

    Wow the white guilt is strong with this guy/gal. However I think his/her time would be better spent in the Mideast helping the islamist.

  • ntt1

    Wow! This goofs self hatred is as wierd and strong as any trannies urge to get castrated and just about as insane.
    Trudeaus advisor butts is a follower of this
    Green totalitarian Eco fascist movement,
    Be warned.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Religious fundamentalists hate science.
    Hey, where are all the science loving-atheists weighing in on all this god bothering?

    • Minicapt

      They don’t think it goes far enough.