Protecting Mauna Kea and Preventing Climate Disaster

Why the Mauna Kea Protests Are So Challenging to the Mainstream Climate Movement

Elias König, Truthout

The mainstream climate movement has remained surprisingly silent on the ongoing struggle at Mauna Kea, a sacred site for Native Hawaiians who have opposed the installation of a telescope on its peak. The reason likely is the contradiction between Western science-based environmentalism and Indigenous relationships to nature. Any environmental movement must begin with an acknowledgement of colonialism’s link to the climate crisis and a commitment to decolonization.
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