There is enough fresh water under that ground to last the island hundreds of years, the telescope would pump nuclear waste into that water! The construction alone would disrupt basic functioning for locals. The very delicate ecosystem here has already been desecrated by invasive species of all kinds (humans included) that threaten the wildlife, food, water & air supply. There are many sacred sights all across the world, most indigenous cultures have been stripped of them by unfeeling, small minded colonizers & those interested in financial & material gain. This mountain is sacred, it is a connection to all aspects of life, it is a culture & way of life, there are human remains there, the list of reasons why this land (like all land) is significant is too copious to explain here, but it may be an obscure concept to comprehend for those without empathy, indigenous roots, connection to the land, appreciation of nature, a belief in something deeper or greater, the possibility of higher knowledge or meaning, respect for those that came before & the future generations! The modification of the real physical land & the importance of preserving it should not be determined by those trying to to monetize it under the guise of education but by those that are of & from & protect the land! For some people a religious or sacred sight may be a human made building, a church or temple, it may be a created place where beliefs are discussed & passed on, rituals & activities are performed & myriad of other things, but for many (like the 100s of millions of indigenous people systematically killed, raped, diseased, brainwashed, whitewashed, indoctrinated & colonized under the guise of religion) the land IS the sacred sight, it is something far more beautiful, powerful & important than a building, it’s a mountain (or a body of water or another natural sight), a life giving mountain with rich history, unique, specific, measurable frequency and vibration, a space where for multitudinous generations people have gone to connect, learn, share, heal, enjoy, pray, offer gratitude, have ceremony & things most people can’t understand, believe or fathom! This effects everyone!