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A new type of compost

submitted by B'Kara St.Monica School : Lara Caruana Melbourne  for 11-14
dissemination(s): Ekoskola noticeboard, other, school media, website
filed under Photos

I have always loved to visit a green area where the air was pure. Lately I went for a walk and the sight of all this litter automatically caught my attention. Why is litter thrown in green areas or even on the streets when litter bins are found at every corner of every street? I don’t get it! If you are too lazy to get to a local bin at least take it home with you and bin it there. I don’t think anyone would like it if someone littered our home so don’t litter the environment which is home to all creatures and animals. About 498600 tonnes of waste were deposited at the dump site in Malta these past few years*. This can be reduced if we recycle and separate our waste so that it would be turned into something useful. *taken from “www.wasteservmalta.com”



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A Littered Land

submitted by Mater Boni Consilii Paola St. Joseph : Jasmine Bartolo  for 11-14
dissemination(s): other, School Assembly, website
filed under Photos

Paper bags, take away boxes and more … is THIS what we want? Our land is getting littered more and more as seconds go by! What can we do? We should all feel the responsibility. Do not throw rubbish on the floor, it’s dirtying our land and causing more disease spread by insects. CLEAN THE LAND, MAKE IT YOUR FRIEND.



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Spot the Difference

submitted by St.Benedict College Girls' Secondary School Tarxien : Alexia Formosa  for 11-14
dissemination(s): newspaper, other, school media, Special School Assembly Celebrate Earth Hour, website
filed under Photos

These photographs show the difference between clean and polluted seawater. One of the pictures was taken at Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq. Although hardly visible, the presence of foul smell in the area, possibly indicated contaminated seawater due to sewage discharge. In contrast, the other photograph was taken at Sliema, where the sea was clear and unpolluted. As a young reporter for the environment, I recommend the launch of an awareness campaign such that more people reduce, separate and dispose of waste responsibly. For example, people should use the waste separation bins found on different beaches around Malta. Furthermore, the authorities should ensure that the local waste water treatment plants are working in an efficient manner to safeguard the marine environment.



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Keep Our Seas Clean

submitted by St.Benedict College Girls' Secondary School Tarxien : Marvic Micallef  for 11-14
dissemination(s): newspaper, other, school media, Special School Assembly Celebrate Earth Hour, website
filed under Photos

As young reporters for the environment, we were invited to attend the Turtle Release event organised by Nature Trust (Malta) and its Wildlife Rescue Team. This educational activity was held at the Blue Flag beach of Paradise Bay Hotel at Cirkewwa-Malta. These photographs show one of the injured turtles which was found by local fishermen after swallowing fishing hooks and nylon. The turtles were first taken in at the Malta Aquaculture Research Centre, Forti San Lucjan Marsaxlokk. Further medical treatment was provided by Nature Trust and its Wildlife Rescue volunteers and veterinary surgeon Dr.Anthony Gruppetta. Other serious threats to marine turtles include marine debris such as floating plastic bags and oil spills. A public campaign should be launched such that ship operators and boat owners do their utmost to keep our seas clean, thus protecting these marine creatures.



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Duckling in a poisonous pond

submitted by St. Margaret College Boys Secondary Verdala : Corben Lee Gatt, Gareth Blundell  for 11-14
dissemination(s): newspaper, school media
filed under Photos

Along ‘Gardiel’ street in the locality of Marsascala there is a small natural pond called ‘il-Magħluq tal-Baħar’ which is supposed to be a natural park for ducks and fish. Withstanding the natural beauty of this pond, passing by people use it as dumping zone contaminating the pond with toxic wastes. On holding a brief investigation at the pond, I observed dirty water and toxic products coming afloat. Some toxic products are flame retardant chemicals which when in touch with other toxic chemicals thrown in the same pond can literally poison the water risking killing most of our local ducks and fish. Solid waste is also observed floating in the pond contaminating both freshwater and the pond bank vegetation. On contacting the Marsascala Local Council, I recommended regular pH tests of the water, more recycling bins and law enforcement with secret cameras to conserve the pond and protect the local ducks.



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