A controversial telescope project on the top of the often snow-covered Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawai'i would further desecrate land that is sacred to native Hawaiians and is environmentally sensational. There are already 13 telescopes scarring the mountain; and the newest, called the Thirty-Meter Telescope, would destroy an additional five acres of land, and intensify human waste and toxics entering the sensitive ecosystem. For weeks protestors have camped out on the top of the mountain creating human blockades, there have been recent arrests, as well as numerous affinity protests nationally and across social media including on Twitter at #WeAreMaunaKea and #ProtectMaunaKea. Standing with Hawai'i’s native peoples and in the spirit of Aloha`Aina (love of the land), please send protest emails (and optionally tweets) to Hawai'i’s Governor and state land managers, letting them know they must stop the University from further telescope development on Mauna Kea, or they face the threat of a boycott of Hawai'i’s lucrative tourism industry.
Woodlark Island – a small Pacific Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG), covering some 80,000 hectares of biodiverse rainforest, and containing a largely intact Pacific culture practicing agro-ecology in forest gardens – is again threatened with ecocide and cultural genocide. Imminent industrial rainforest logging on Woodlark Island, as well as a planned gold mine, will endanger the island’s flora and fauna, destroy unique intact lowland island rainforests causing environmental upheaval, and result in drastic and negative cultural change and worsened and permanent poverty. In 2007-08 EcoInternet successfully spearheaded an international campaign that protected Woodlark Islands rainforests and peoples from oil palm development (Mongabay heralded the successful campaign). We are called once again to demand no industrial clearing of Woodlark’s rainforests and recognition of indigenous land rights. PNG's continued well-being and community advancement depend critically upon ending industrial old-growth forest logging to base development upon standing old forests.
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