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A bin for this bin

submitted by St Thomas More GSS Santa Lucia : El Kayati Fatima, Farrugia Antonella, Saliba Nicole  for 15-18
dissemination(s): EkoSkola Notice board, FB teachers' group, other, school monitors
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L-iskart sar parti integrali mill-ħajja tagħna… kif dan it-tank taż-żibel sar parti minn dan ir-ritratt hekk ukoll hu importanti li ma nħallux dan l-iskart jispiċċa jieħu post in-natura. Importanti li f’postijiet naturali jkollna tankijiet fejn jintrema’ l-iskart ħalli ma jispiċċax iħammeġ in-natura … iżda importanti ukoll li wieħed jnaqqas l-iskart u jirriċikla kemm hemm bżonn. Meta jitpoggew dawn it-tankijiet biex fihom jintrema l-iskart hemm bżonn naqra ħsieb. Jekk dawn jitpoġġew f’postijiet strateġiċi, dawn ma jattirawx l-attenzjoni tagħna aktar mill-ambjent sabiħ ta’ madwarna. F’dan ir-ritratt dak li għandu jispikka hija l-varjeta tal-pjanti u l-kuluri sbieħ li n-natura biss tista’ toffri.



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One day we may not even be able to see a tiny shadow

submitted by Giovanni Curmi Naxxar Higher Secondary School : John Charles Fenech  for 15-18
dissemination(s): newspaper, radio, school magazine, school media
filed under Photos

I noticed this creature by seeing its shadow first. It is a small creature with a tiny shadow but I still managed to see its shadow. One day we may not even be able to see a tiny shadow like this one. How could we if there would be no creature to form a shadow. Our world is so fragile, yet we still exploit it till it breaks. I coincidentally noticed this creature while I was in a fieldwork in an organic farm but I rarely see this in a other places. Most of the natural places left have become compact between roads and buildings. Apart from that they are affected by sound and air pollution (and other forms of pollution). This forces the species living within these ecosystems to not perform their functions well and at times this could even lead to their demise. We may not notice but each of our actions will influence the environment and may lead to the demise of creature.



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Different species but still depend on each other

submitted by Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School Naxxar : John Charles Fenech  for 15-18
dissemination(s): newspaper, radio, school magazine, school media
filed under Photos

This image shows a clear difference between the human species and the lady bugs. Everything is different start from the texture of the two species. One cannot go not noticing the size difference too. apart from that, the two species have a different shape, breathe differently and much more. One could go on and on stating the differences between these two species. What one may not realise is that both species depend on each other. Each species performs a certain function and helps to keep nature in balance. The loss of one species could influence the food chain/web, the ecological succession process and much more. A species such as the lady bug also helps the environment to stay pure and may feed on harmful creatures. In fact a lady bug is often used as a biological pest control by us humans in farming. Rather than stating the differences between us and other species, it would be more beneficial to see how each species can contribute to nature and how we need each species.



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We may not see it but it’s still there

submitted by Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School Naxxar : John Charles Fenech  for 15-18
dissemination(s): newspaper, radio, school magazine, school media
filed under Photos

This little yellow spider is called a humped crab spider (Thominus onustus) and is able to perform camouflage when on yellow structures, especially yellow coloured plants. This characteristic aids the spider during predation by enabling it to sneak easily on insects which come on yellow flowers to feed on nectar. This is a marvellous and unique species which is limited to its ecological background. Unfortunately, the ecology of the Maltese Islands is already at its knees due the high amount of urbanisation within the islands. To add the cherry on the cake, a species such as this is not noticed by many people since it is small and is able to perform camouflage. We often tend to disregard what we cannot see. If we do not take care of these species which depend on these important but fragile ecology, then the ecosystems will start to degrade bit by bit. These species are fundamental in nature and need to be preserved. It is time to realise that there is more than meets the eye in nature and we need to start looking closer.



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Heap of Refuse

submitted by Giovanni Curmi Naxxar Higher Secondary School : Ylenia Camilleri Brennan  for 19+
dissemination(s): newspaper, radio, school magazine, school media
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I was recently informed that a heap of refuse was lying beside a beautifully built traditional rubble wall. This consists of old chairs, plastic bottles, metal cans and plastic bags being dumped on the rubble wall as well as between the stones, slowly crushing the flora that grows there. As one can clearly see, this state of affairs is causing a real eyesore, the more so since this area is very popular with hikers. Local farmers also informed us that this heap of refuse was regularly visited by rats. We appeal to the authorities concerned to remove this refuse as quickly as possible, to clean the area and to erect a sign with a warning that persons caught dirtying the place will be prosecuted and an appeal to be environment friendly.



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