Tuesday, September 06, 2016

IUCN Protesters: The Military Is Destroying The Planet

About two dozen protesters assembled peacefully outside the Hawaii Convention Center Saturday with a message to those meeting inside: The U.S. military is destroying the planet.
“World Can’t Wait-Hawaii thought it was important to have a presence at the World Conservation Congress to address the issue of militarization,” said organizer Liz Rees. “It’s kind of the elephant in the room, so to speak. If you want to talk about conservation and saving the planet, you have to address the issue of militarization — in Hawaii, the Pacific and worldwide.”
The International Union for Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress is in Honolulu this week and next to raise awareness of threats to the Earth and to find solutionsto address the threats.
But to activists like Rees, the IUCN should be talking about the U.S. military. 
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The U.S. military is the single-largest consumer of fossil fuels,” she said. “We have over 1,000 military bases worldwide. We are wreaking environmental havoc.”
Inquiries to IUCN officials were not returned.
Security was on hand to make sure the protesters stayed in line. As long as they kept pathways clear, they were allowed to front the convention center for about 90 minutes.
Many IUCN attendees came outside to visit the protest, in part to learn more about what the group had to say but also because the protesters were standing next to the outdoor area reserved for smoking.
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The protesters began their day at Old Stadium Park in Moiliili and later marched to the convention center to hold signs.
“People of the world, scream and shout, U.S military, get the hell out!” they chanted. “Occupation is not conservation!”
Individually, the protesters spoke of  the U.S. military’s “trail of destruction” across the Pacific. They mentioned places like Bikini and Kwajalein atolls in the Marshall Islands, Pohakuloa and Makua in Hawaii, Pagan and Tinian in the Northern Marianas.
Hawaiian activist Healani Sonoda-Pale took part in the protest because she said Hawaii’s indigenous people had suffered significantly due to armed forces being based in the islands. But there were other points to be made as well.
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“I am here today to bring to light issues concerning to Hawaiians — Kanaka Maoli,” she said. “The militarization, RIMPAC, TPP, the desecration of Mauna Kea. We also stand in solidarity with the North Dakota pipeline movement to stop it.”
The Rim of the Pacific Exercise is the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise, held in Hawaiian waters. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, supported by President Obama but opposed by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, is a proposed major trade deal.
Sonoda-Pale also objects to proposed rules about Native Hawaiian recognition, now before the U.S. Department of the Interior, that she fears will be approved by the Hawaii-born president, effectively circumventing efforts of some Native Hawaiians to restore the kingdom and chart independence.
Rees and Sonoda-Pale acknowledged that the IUCN is attempting to do many good things. Their concern is that some attendees are too closely tied to military interests and corporations.
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At least one IUCN attendee welcomed the protest.
“The U.S. military has a terrible record of environmental damage, they are still bombing and dropping explosions on the Big Island, and what they are doing in the Pacific is building bases and mining reefs,” said Brian Bagnall of The Outdoor Circle of Hawaii, a group that works to keep the islands “green and clean.”
Bagnall continued: “I am a pacifist, I am against military expansion, and what we are doing in the Middle East is even worse. So I fully support these guys here. It’s good to have people speaking up — even though this island is dependent on the military. It is a subject that needs a lot more discussion.”
There were exhibitions for the military, such as one for the U.S. Air Force. A poster read, “Restoring Wetland Habitat for Waterbirds at Risk.”
The same poster depicted an F-22 Raptor, made by Lockheed Martin, next to a photo of a Hawaiian stilt, a bird.
As the F-22 manufacturer’s website explains, the fighter “provides a first-look, first-shot, first-kill capability through the use of stealth, advanced sensors and a lethal mix of advanced air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons.”
Here's a short video of the protest
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Anonymous said...

Rally and March to the IUCN in Honolulu https://youtu.be/qsqTwMG5vDw
The International Union for Conservation of Nature is "the largest conservation group in the world but the military's destruction of the environment is no where on the agenda.  They talk about climate change without recognizing that the U.S. military is the largest institutional user of fossil fuels in the world! They talk about  biodiversity without addressing the military's destruction of habitat." ^1

They do not address some of what is happening here in terms of the destruction by and the usurping presence of the US. They do not highlight the desecration of Mauna Kea. They do not mention the proposed Department of Interior Rule to create a governing entity in the form of an Native Hawaiian Tribe with whom capitalists will negotiate to exploit millions of acres of land here in Hawai‘i and many other drastic actions by hegemony

They do not mention other priorities of political economy, which may help many towards an understanding of what is happening not only here but around the world; as seen exemplified in The Transpacific Partnership and systems of capitalism and other forms of hegemony. They do not highlight threats posed by the Dakota Access Pipeline.

There are attacks by militarism unmentioned from all over the Pacific and across the world as born witness to in: Henoko - Pagan - Tinian - Guåhan - Pohakuloa - Makua - Barking Sands - Bikini - Kwajelein and Ebeye - Oyster Bay - Jeju - Red Hill....the list goes on and on

"The U.S. Military has left a trail of destruction across the Pacific." ^1

"Today these are INCREASING as the U.S. military expands operations in the Pacific. Islands like Pagan and Tinian are being targeted for bombing and live fire ranges.  Pohakuloa has been expanded.  Base expansion in Guåhan.  Pristine reefs being dredged." ^11

People from all over the world came together in solidarity in Honolulu on 9. 3. 16

1. see article @ http://theworldcantwaithawaii.blogspot.com/

Mahalo Nui Loa

Mahalo for pics: Save Pagan Island
sea sea creative commons

World Can't Wait Hawai‘i @ http://theworldcantwaithawaii.blogspot.com/

Jeju, South Korea, Save Jeju Island Now @ http://savejejunow.org/

Henoko Okinawa Japan, Stop Construction of Henoko @ https://www.facebook.com/SaveHenoko/ , https://www.facebook.com/closethebase

Oyster Bay, Palawan, Philipines, on web @ https://www.google.com/#q=Oyster+Bay%2C+Palawan%2C+Philipines

Pōhakuloa, Moku o Keawe videos @ https://vimeo.com/search?q=P%C5%8Dhakuloa

Pagan Island, Northern Marianas, Save Pagan Now @ https://savepaganisland1.org/ , http://www.chamorro.com/

Guåhan @ http://www.weareguahan.com/

Protest Na'i Aupuni @ http://protestnaiaupuni.com, facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/groups/OPPOSE.Nai.Aupuni/

Hawai‘i Okinawa Alliance @ hoa.seesaa.net & facebook 

Womans Voices, Womens Speak @ wvws808.blogspot.com & facebook

‘Aha Aloha ‘Āina @ https://ahaalohaaina.com/, facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/groups/2111058639035276/ and archiving of videos on youtube @ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf1vsFxwwhthIWew62MCWIQ

‘Āina Lāhui https://ainalahui.com/