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Militarization and the Environment 

In Guam, even the dead are dying.

As I write this, the US Department of Defense is ramping up the militarization of my homeland - part of its $8 billion scheme to relocate roughly 5.000 Marines from Okinawa to Guam. In fact, ground has already been broken along the island's beautiful northern coastline for a massive firing range complex. The complex - consisting of five live-fire training ranges and support facilities - is being built dangerously close to the island's primary source of drinking water, the Northern Guam Lens Aquifer. Moreover, the complex is situated over several historically and culturally significant sites, including the remnants of ancient villages several thousands of years old, where our ancestors' remains remain.

- Julian Aguon, from in No Country for Eight-Spot Butterflies: A Lyric Essay,
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Sources used on this page:

Aguon, J. (2022). The properties of perpetual light. In No country for eight-spot
     butterflies: A lyric essay (p. 8). Astra House.

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