Dwayne & # 39; The Rock & # 39; Johnson joins hundreds to protest against the construction of telescopes in Hawaii
Hollywood actor Dwayne & # 39; The Rock & # 39; Johnson joined a peaceful protest on Wednesday against the construction of a giant telescope on a mountain that some native Hawaiians consider sacred.
Dancers performed hula and chants when Johnson made his surprising appearance on the protest site on the volcano Mauna Kea and the actor exchanged nose to nose greetings called honi with protesters.
& # 39; I am with you, & # 39; Johnson said to a crowd at the protest, which is on the 10th day.
& # 39; This is such a critical moment and a crucial time, because the world is watching & # 39 ;, he said loud cheers.
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Surprise appearance: Dwayne & # 39; The Rock & # 39; Johnson took part in protests against the Thirty-meter telescope on the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii on Wednesday
Johnson recorded a performance of indigenous Hawaiian practitioner Pua Case and hula dancers
Johnson is of Samoan descent and spent part of his childhood in Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii.
During his visit, the former WWE pro met Kaho & okahi Kanuha, a leader of the opposition group Thirty meters telescope.
& # 39; What I realized today … is larger than the telescope, & # 39; Johnson said The Huffington Post.
& # 39; It's humanity. It's the culture. It's our people, Polynesian people, who are willing to die here to protect this land … this very holy land that they so strongly believe in. & # 39;
The protests began on July 15, the day the construction of the $ 1.4 billion telescope would begin.
Protesters blocked the road and tied themselves to the gate to prevent construction teams from reaching the top of Mauna Kea to build the Thirty-meter telescope.
In the days that followed, hundreds of more activists took part in the demonstration on Mauna Kea, stopping construction.
More than 30 activists, most older indigenous Hawaiians, were arrested in the first few days of the protest, The Huffington Post reported.
The former WWE professional joined hundreds when they protested against the construction of the telescope at the highest point in the state
Stand up: during his visit he met Kaho & okahi Kanuha, a leader of the opposition group of Thirty meter telescopes
& # 39; I am with you, & # 39; said the Moana actor to a crowd at the protest, which is on its tenth day
The audience reached thousands this weekend.
Johnson urged officials to pay attention to the growing number of people participating in the protest.
& # 39; When things escalate to that emotional top, it's a sign that something needs to be done. Full charging is not the way to do it, & Johnson said.
They object to the construction because it would be a desecration of the land that is sacred to some indigenous Hawaiians.
Johnson, who lived in Hawaii, exchanged nose-to-nose greetings with the name honi with demonstrators
Opponents say the telescope will defile land that is sacred to some indigenous Hawaiians. & # 39; This very holy land that they so strongly believe in & # 39 ;, Johnson said.
The summit is already home to 13 telescopes, as it offers some of & # 39; the world's best conditions to view the night sky
THE PERFECT LOCATION
The peak of Mauna Kea already houses about a dozen telescopes.
The sleeping volcano is popular with astronomers because the summit is over 13,796 feet above the clouds and offers a clear view of the sky 300 days a year.
The isolated location of the state in the middle of the Pacific also means that the area is relatively free of air pollution.
There are few cities on the Big Island, so there are not many man-made lights to disrupt observations.
The Thirty-meter telescope has been approved to build on Mauna Kea after a decade of regulatory and appeal process in Hawaii.
Astronomers want to build the 18-storey telescope, funded by private companies and public universities, on the dormant volcano because the clear sky and limited light pollution at its summit at 13,796 feet (4,205 meters) above sea level is one of the & # 39 ; the world's best locations for studying heaven.
The primary mirror of the telescope would have a diameter of 30 meters. It would be three times as wide as & # 39; the world's largest existing visible light telescope, with nine times more surface area, making it the largest optical telescope in the northern hemisphere.
Astronomers hope it will help them study the earliest moments of the universe after the Big Bang and identify more planets outside our solar system.
The summit is already home to 13 telescopes, which were suspended during the protests while the road is blocked because they are not sure if they can get personnel to the summit.
On Tuesday, protesters prevented Gemini Telescope technicians from going to the top to do maintenance, but the workers were able to climb the mountain to do the work & night.
Protesters have blocked the road in an attempt to prevent the construction of the Thirty-meter telescope, the largest optical telescope in the northern hemisphere
Activists have also chained themselves to a cattle fence that blocks a road at the foot of the highest mountain in Hawaii
A judge in Hilo, Hawaii, recently rejected protesters' request to halt construction, but there is still a legal battle against Governor's David Ige's emergency statement, which limits public access to Mauna Kea.
The lawsuit alleges that the statement violates indigenous Hawaiians' right to pray at the holy place.
Mayor of Hawaii, Harry Kim, the envoy of the governor of the protesters, said he is organizing the first of many meetings with indigenous Hawaiian leaders.
Kim said he wants to get people to work for what he hopes it will be a common goal. He said that there is & # 39; a very fragmented community & # 39; if that doesn't happen.
& # 39; It's not about stopping science. It's about respecting a culture and respecting people & # 39 ;, Johson said about the protests
Johnson & # 39; s visit comes when he promotes his latest movie Hobbs & Shaw, who filmed scenes on the island of Kauai earlier this year
& # 39; We do not want this to be the cause of a polarized community, & # 39; Kim said.
He said that there was a lot of & # 39; pain and anger & # 39; The protests reflected how successive governments have treated the Hawaiian people since the US-supported overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893.
He said that the distance to the telescope & # 39; gives us a chance to get better and I hope we will use it & # 39 ;.
The National Research Council said in a statement: “Great care has been taken to identify the best location for the TMT, to have minimal impact out of respect for the rich ancestral history of Mauna Kea and the spiritual beliefs of the native culture. & # 39;
During his visit to the protests on Wednesday, which some see as incorporating science against cultural preservation and indigenous rights, Johnson called on the state to come forward and collaborate with activists.
"Greater leadership must intervene. There must be leadership with empathy," the actor said.
& # 39; The whole idea about this (protest) is not about stopping progress. It's not about stopping science. It's about respecting a culture and respecting people and doing things the right way. & # 39;
Johnson & # 39; s visit comes when he promotes his latest movie Hobbs & Shaw, a spin-off from the Fast & Furious franchise.
He plays as Luke Hobbs alongside Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw while competing against cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton Lore, played by Idris Elba.
Part of the production took place earlier this year on the island of Kauai.
30 METER TELESCOPE STAYING IN THE PAST
The $ 1.4 billion telescope would be able to observe planets that orbit other than the sun and enable astronomers to see how new planets and stars are formed.
It should also help scientists to look around 13 billion light years away for a peek into the early years of the universe.
The construction costs are expected to be $ 1.4 billion.
The telescope would planets around other stars in the & # 39; habitable zone & # 39; where liquid water on the surface of a planet is possible, says the website of the project
The segmented primary mirror of the telescope, which is almost 30 meters long, gives it nine times the collection surface of the largest optical telescopes currently in use.
The images are also three times sharper.
The construction of the TMT is a joint venture between universities in California and Canada with partners from China, India and Japan.
The primary mirror has a diameter of 30 meters and consists of 492 individual segments, allowing it to capture a phenomenal amount of information from the cosmos.
Astronomers hope that the instrument will enable them to look into the early universe.
The telescope can planets around other stars in the & # 39; habitable zone & # 39; where liquid water on the surface of a planet is possible, says the project website.
When the construction is complete, it is expected to be three times wider than the largest existing visible light telescope in the world, and will have nine times more surface area.
But the telescope may not have the largest title in the world for long.
A group of European countries is currently building the European extremely large telescope, which will have a mirror of 42 meters (42 meters) long.
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