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1st Place YRE – Photo 11-14yrs: If this Eyesore You Cannot Bear…Don’t be Afraid to Care

submitted by Our Lady Immaculate School Hamrun : Yasmin Joy Attard  for 11-14
dissemination(s): EkoSkola Notice board, other, website
filed under Photos

The entrance to what probably was a small farmhouse nowadays hosts a small rubbish dump just outside Xewkija, Gozo. One can see an old rusty barrel, pieces of wood and a CRT television set. This waste is not just an eyesore to those who walk near the place, but also poses a danger to humans, the soil and underlying groundwater. Rust, or iron oxide, can harbour microbes, such as tetanus. A CRT television contains chemicals, such as lead and barium, which seep through the soil and pollute the groundwater. Where is this leading us to? Something needs to be done to clean up what is left of our countryside. In a country where space is at a premium and the countryside is rapidly becoming a rarity, we must do everything in our power to conserve that little breath of fresh air we have left.



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2nd Place YRE – Photo 11-14yrs: Trees for Streets

submitted by St.Benedict College Girls' Secondary School Tarxien : Maria Micallef  for 11-14
dissemination(s): other, Participation in School Open Day, school media
filed under Photos

Heavy traffic poses a serious threat to our health and the environment. Vehicle emissions release several pollutants into the air including carbon monoxide, an odourless poisonous gas which can cause sudden death. Car exhaust gases are certainly the cause of respiratory illnesses such as asthma and lung cancer. Trees and green plants are effective in reducing air pollutants. Busy roads should be embellished with more trees to improve air quality. The planting of indigenous shrubs and trees such as the Aleppo Pine tree (Sigra taz-Znuber) should be encouraged. Trees also serve as a refuge for several bird species and help to retain soil. Unfortunately, trees can be the target of vandals by ripping off branches. Local authorities should impose hefty fines on tree vandals. On the other hand, public awareness should be increased through campaigns such as the Tree For You campaign which encourages tree plantation in several areas.



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3rd Place YRE – Photo 11-14yrs: Nature

submitted by Maria Regina College Mosta Boys’ Secondary : Kurt Borg Bonaci  for 11-14
dissemination(s): school media
filed under Photos

I have taken this photo myself as I like to explore the environment around where I live (ie Burmarrad, Malta). In a week from today (April 12th), this caterpillar will turn into a colourful butterfly . If we do not take care of nature this caterpillar would die and it would not please us any longer! When farmers use pesticides to kill insects and parasites they end up also harming the nature in the surroundings, such as by not letting the amazing caterpillar and insects grow and show their beauty. If no one controls the use of insecticides and pesticides we are going to keep on harming the habitats and life cycles of insects and other creatures. We would lose many species of insects as they become extinct.



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3rd Place YRE – Photo 11-14yrs: It-Tankijiet fil-Kampanja

submitted by St Thomas More College Girls' Secondary School Sta Lucia : Chayenne Briffa, Erica Emma Cassar  for 11-14
dissemination(s): school media
filed under Photos

It-tankijiet fil-kampanja speċjalment fl-għelieqi ikerrħu l-ambjent. F’Malta, għalkemm kontra l-ligi, xorta għadek issib xi nies li jagħmlu użu minn dawn it-tankijiet biex iservu bħala xatba jew jaqsmu l-għelieqi minn sid għal ta’ ieħor. Xi nies, ma jinteressahomx la mill-ambjent, la mill-multi u lanqas mill-fatt li l-gvern jagħti sussidji biex jinbnew jew jirranġaw il-ħitan tas-sejjieħ! Għalhekk, għandu jkun hemm iżjed sorveljanza mill-awtoritajiet b’pieni aktar ħorox ħalli nipproteġu l-ambjent tagħna. Min jaf kieku tingħata għajnuna biex il-bdiewa jagħmlu xatba tal-injam biex nipproteġu aħjar il-kampanja Maltija?!



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1st Place YRE – Photo 15-18yrs: Licensed to Kill

submitted by St.Benedict College Girls' Secondary School Tarxien : Emma Louise Borg  for 15-18
dissemination(s): other, Participation in School Photographic Competition & School Open Day, school media, website
filed under Photos

Pesticides are designed to kill insects, fungus, bacteria and other organisms that feed on crops. These pests create loads of nuisance to farmers as they are vectors of disease and destroy crops. Pesticides and genetically modified organisms are the means used by some farming companies to ensure that they will get the crop yield they demand every season; no matter how it hurts the environment or the consumers. Some pesticides work by poisoning the pollen and nectar of flowers and this can kill needed pollinators like butterflies and bees. Organic farming, in particular biological pest control, should be used instead of pesticides. For example, the larvae of lady bugs can be used to control aphids. Butterflies and bees are wonderful creatures that need protection. These tireless insects do a vital job pollinating flowers, shrubs, and fruit trees. Their presence surely adds a touch of beauty and delight to our countryside.



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