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Protest Outside IUCN Draws Attention to US Military Environmental Impact

Nick Yee
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Nick Yee
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The IUCN World Conservation Congress continues this week as policy makers meet with leaders in global conservation.

Outside the meetings, protesters with “World Can’t Wait Hawai‘i” used the opportunity to raise awareness about the US military’s impact on the environment.  They say military occupation throughout the Pacific is responsible for using islands as target practice and destroying reefs.

They also say the military is one of the largest consumers of fossil fuels.  Liz Reese is a representative from “World Can’t Wait Hawai‘i.”  She says it’s hard to have an environmental discussion without mentioning damage done by the military. 

   World Can’t Wait held a protest on Saturday in front of the Hawai‘i Convention Center.

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