Jason Momoa is protesting construction of a giant telescope in Hawaii.
Thousands are protesting construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea, the tallest mountain on Hawaii’s Big Island. Protesters say the land is sacred and should be protected. The construction of the world’s largest visible-light telescope would reportedly cost $1.4 billion. It’s designed to study the birth of galaxies and planets about distant stars.
It has also drawn widespread criticism for Indigenous communities in the state where Momoa was born.
“TMT you are welcome in Canary Islands the condition are better and you are welcome there even better the best conditions Morocco but if no one wants u TMT than shoot it to space please leave [our] mauna alone,” he stated on Instagram. “You have taken enough from our people monarchy overthrown. Leave us alone. NO is NO.”
The plan to begin construction for TMT comes after 10 years of legal battles and protests. The 2018, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that the project had valid permits to proceed. Meanwhile, thousands have joined the Project Mauna Kea movement, with many posting pictures of what the land means to them.