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Malama Mauna Kea, Pohakuloa & the Planet
Earth Day is a reminder that we all live on one planet and it is our individual and collective responsibility to malama (take care of) mama ‘aina (the earth) that provides us life. Here at home we need to protect Hawaii’s most sacred temple –Mauna Kea, from further desecration. This means stopping the $1.4 billion 18-story Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) from being built on Mauna Kea. Already thirteen telescopes dominate the sacred summit area in the name of science.
In the saddle area between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa is the 133,000-acre military Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA). Pohakuloa is nearly five times the size of the island of Kaho’olawe. Pohakuloa is translated to mean “The Land of the Night of Long Prayer.” This sacred area has been bombed by the military since WWII and is known to be contaminated with a wide range of military toxins, including Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation. Military documents claim that up to 14.8 million live-rounds are fired annually at Pohakuloa by all branches of the U.S. military and other countries. Weapon systems of all sorts are used at PTA, including small arms, artillery, helicopter gun ships, bombing by fighter jets, B-52, B-1 and B-2 bombers, etc. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), drone aircraft, are used in training at PTA. On July 2, 2008, the Hawaii County Council, by a vote of 8-1, passed Resolution 639-08 calling for a halt to all live-fire at PTA and clean up of the DU present at Pohakuloa. The Army has ignored the Council’s call. Both Pohakuloa and Mauna Kea are Hawaiian Kingdom crown and government lands.
War and the training for war is one of the greatest pollution sources on the planet. The U.S. military is the single largest consumer of oil and the greatest emitter of CO2. Here on Hawaii island there are a minimum of 57 present and former military sites, totaling more than 400 square miles (250,000-acres) that may contain unexploded ordnance and military toxins. Western wars have killed more than 4 million Muslims since 1990, displaced millions more and turned much of the cradle of civilization into rubble and chaos. See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/unworthy-victims-western-wars-have-killed-four-million-muslims-1990-39149394#sthash.YOTIoMkk.dpuf
- The US Military is a Major Contributor to Global Warming
- The Military Assault on Global Climate
- Three quarters of world’s people want governments to act on climate change
- Solar panels on every residence for cost of Iraq/Afghan wars
With the growing reality of man made climate disasters and escalating conflict to the brink of nuclear war, we better come to terms with the urgent need to stop desecrating the sacred and instead — Malama ‘Aina.
Live Aloha! No TMT! Stop the Wars! Stop Bombing Pohakuloa!
- Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties.
4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc.
5. Seek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world. Contact:
Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.
Phone (808) 966-7622. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.malu-aina.org
Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (April 24, 2015 – 709th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office