Act Now to Protect Mauna Kea - Decision on April 9th!

Posted by Marti Townsend at Apr 03, 2009 08:20 PM |
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Mauna Kea needs your help!  The State Land Board is poised to adopt a plan that would allow more telescopes to be built on Mauna Kea.  Take action today and help ensure genuine protections for the imperiled natural habitats and sacred cultural sites on this temple-summit.

Take Action Now!

Click Here to Take Action!

You can help protect Mauna Kea just by clicking and sending your testimony to the Land Board! Make your voice heard!

The Land Board will decide on April 9th whether to adopt the University of Hawaii’s latest development plan for Mauna Kea.  Though the University calls it a “comprehensive management plan,” this plan does nothing to protect the unique and endangered alpine habitat of Mauna Kea, or uphold continued cultural and religious practices on this sacred summit, or control telescope development.

In fact, this plan is the University’s renewed attempt to consolidate control over the summit and hasten the construction of several new telescopes, especially the Thirty Meter Telescope. The University is using this plan as a backdoor approval process for its 2000 development plan, which the BLNR already refused to approve once, and to force the passage of H.B. 1174, which would transfer management authority for Mauna Kea to the University.

Given the University’s history of misuse and abuse on the summit, no part of this plan should not be adopted. Instead, the Land Board should follow and enforce the laws already in place that protect the natural and cultural resources of Mauna Kea.

Here is what you can do to help ensure genuine protections for the sacred summit are enforced:

1. Submit your testimony right now in opposition to both the plan and the bill.

It is quick and easy, just click here. Tell the State Land Board and Hawaii’s Senators that you oppose both the University’s new development plan and H.B. 1174, HD 3.

2. Attend the Land Board hearing in Hilo next week:

April 8-9, 2009
9:00 am
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
71 Banyan Drive, Hilo, 96720

3. Take action to support House Concurrent Resolution 231.

Just click here and urge Representatives Ito and Har to hear this resolution to hold both the Land Board and the University accountable for the historic misuse of Mauna Kea lands and funds.

Mahalo nui,
Us Guys at KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance

PO Box 37368
Honolulu, Hawai'i 96837
phone: 808-524-8220

KAHEA: the Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance is a network of thousands of diverse individuals islands-wide and around the world. Together, we work to secure the strongest possible protections for Hawaii’s most ecologically unique and culturally sacred places and resources.
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