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Humpty Dumpty downfall of a rubble wall

submitted by St Margaret College secondary school Verdala : Jasmin Farrugia  for 15-18
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): newspaper, school magazine, school media
filed under Photos reporting-photo
awarded: Commended

A very old rubble wall close to the Gibjun tas-Sentini in Rabat has partly fallen down on a very busy road. Rubble walls are part of the Maltese heritage and they are part and parcel of the Maltese conservation areas. Maltese rubble walls (in Maltese: ħajt tas-sejjieħ) very often serve as a habitat for many species of flora and fauna and sometimes serve also as a shelter for bees, butterflies and lizards. Rubble walls have also a very important role in the hydrological cycle of the fields and when it rains heavily, excessive rainwater infiltrates through the holes of the these walls avoiding the risk of field flooding. Old rubble walls are normally built with stones called ‘ġebel tax-xagħri’ and are usually made of the hard-wearing upper coralline limestone. An immediate restoration of this fallen wall in Rabat was carried out as it was a hazard to the passing drivers.

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The mixed feeling of encountering a beauty which is becoming a rarity

submitted by St Benedict College Middle School Kirkop : EkoSkola Committee  for 11-14
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): newspaper, school magazine, school media, website
filed under Photos reporting-photo
awarded: Commended, Finalist

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Creaky water pump mills in need of repair

submitted by St Margaret College secondary school Verdala : Jasmin Farrugia  for 15-18
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): newspaper, school magazine, school media
filed under Photos reporting-photo
awarded: Commended

Along the main road from Rabat to Buskett many walkers and drivers easily notice the creaky water pump mills in private fields. Surely two particular creaky water pump mills are spotted in Buskett and they are in urgent need of repair. These are not the only two in the area of Buskett and Dingli which need repair. Windmills are environment friendly as they make use of the power of wind (which is a renewable source of energy) to generate electricity or pump water in fields and farms. The windmill’s turbine blades are able to capture wind energy and turn it into mechanical energy by spinning a generator that creates electricity. A water pump mill is very simple and efficient at the same time. Wind water pump mills form part of the Maltese heritage and more EU funds are needed to restore the damaged ones in our country.

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Halloween pumpkins scaring the cliffs.

submitted by St Margaret College secondary school Verdala : Maya Nussbaum  for 15-18
campaign: litter-less-campaign-entry
dissemination(s): newspaper, school magazine, school media
filed under Photos reporting-photo
awarded: Finalist

Following the November Halloween festivities many pumpkins used to decorate homes end up being thrown away. Recently a large amount of Halloween pumpkins were spotted in a beautiful area of Dingli Cliffs close to Rdum ta’ Horrieqa. It is really shocking seeing so many rotten Halloween pumpkins scattered on Dingli. Quoting atlantic.com it is estimated that in United States every year more than one billion pounds of pumpkin is thrown away and left to rot in landfills. In the United Kingdom it is estimated that last November people had thrown away eight million pumpkins. When food waste like pumpkins is left to rot, it produces methane gas which is a dangerous greenhouse gas, more so than carbon dioxide. Surely there are other ways for the disposing of rotten pumpkins? They can be used as food for animals or turned into compost soil for fields and gardens

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Burnt Fanta lemonade bottles poison the natural habitat

submitted by St Margaret College secondary school Verdala : Maya Nussbaum  for 15-18
campaign: litter-less-campaign-entry
dissemination(s): newspaper, school magazine, school media
filed under Photos reporting-photo
awarded: Commended

Trekking on Panorama Road along Dingli Cliffs can easily lead you to a hidden beautiful green area close to Rdum ta’ Horrieqa. Unfortunately illegal dumping of waste in this area has become a huge environmental issue for the Local Council. Recently a big amount of Fanta lemonade plastic bottles were dumped and burned in this area poisoning the living flora and fauna. Plastic is a petroleum-based material and when burned it poisons the air and vegetation with many toxins. Burning plastic and other waste releases dangerous substances such as heavy metals, Persistent Organic Pollutants and other toxics into the air, leaving ash waste residues. Such pollutants can contribute to the development of asthma, cancer and other diseases. On reporting this poisonous dump waste to the Malta Environment and Resources Authority, the responsible Local Council was informed and an immediate clean up action of the area followed.

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