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Video 11-14 yrs 2nd place National Winner: Air Pollution

submitted by De La Salle College Malta : Andre Abela, Liam Darmanin  for 11-14
dissemination(s): radio, school media, website
filed under Video Clips

With the increase in air traffic air pollution becomes an imminent issue that needs to be effectively tackled. An old aircraft produces a lot of pollution compared with newer technologies. For this reason the EU is introducing a quota system whereby the offender that surpasses air emissions quota is compelled to pay a fine. This is in line with the polluter pays principle.

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Video 15-18 yrs 1st place National Winner: The two wheeled solution: the bicycle

submitted by G F Abela Junior College Msida : Steve Zammit Lupi  for 15-18
dissemination(s): Facebook, other
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I've always loved riding my bicycle. When I was younger, I never had Playstation or a computer as kids have today, as a break from my homework I would explore the outdoor world by biking instead. Apart from being a hobby it became a mode of commuting. As I grew older I started to ask questions and tried to find alternatives to our transport and environmental problems. I discovered that the bicycle can so easily substitute the car, the modern age vehicle that we have come obsessed with to get from A to B.  Isn't it ironic that we have stopped calculating distances in how far they actually are but rather in how long it will actually take to arrive? We forgot how interconnected our villages are. We forgot how close they are. We are too busy stuck in traffic to realize that it's taking us 30 minutes to arrive from A to B when its just 3km away, or that you're wasting 15 minutes everyday to find parking instead of making good use of it otherwise. We grumble when the fuel prices rise, but we fail to do something to change it and find an alternative. Or even more, we forgot we are polluting the air we breathe just for we travel from here to there, even if it's a short distance away.  Lets face the truth, Malta is just a rock, with so many people and cars crowded in such a small area, we are finding it difficult to get around. Traffic and parking problems remains a mind racking problem that every driver faces daily. Yeah, there's pubic transport but that has it's limits too and no matter how efficient it is, it still has it's limits and setbacks. If you can't solve a problem, re-think it, and solve it differently. And the bicycle can contribute well to solve our traffic and environmental problems. Most of the trips we do by car can easily be done by bicycle, and you'll probably arrive quicker and if not in a less stressful and relaxed way. Unless we show the authorities that we mean business and ready to change nothing actually will. So let's show everyone that we love riding our bicycles and that we demand a safer and more sustainable environment for all to enjoy. It's true that our roads aren't so safe because there are so many cars, but how is that's supposed to change if no one is ready to take the first step and ride his/her bike instead?! I am ready, and I'm ready to cycle to introduce the bicycle culture that's alive and kicking in other countries, I'm just 16 but I'm ready to change that. Yeah, it's the Two Wheeled Solution… it's the bicycle! Weblink: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfhhm5OWXzk

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Video 19+ yrs 1st place National Winner: Mammals in Concrete Cages

submitted by Eco-Centre Zejtun Parish : David Ellul, Jean Claude Schembri, Johann Camilleri, Joseph Degabriele, Roderick Baldacchino, Tonio Farrugia  for 19+
dissemination(s): Facebook, other, website, youtube
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During the past years in Zejtun, there has been a new kind of development which regards houses: clustered housing. Blocks of apartments are being built in private gardens of old houses or are replacing existing houses. These apartments are not only gobbling up the few 'green area' which was left in the urban area of Zejtun, but are also much smaller in size than traditional houses/apartments. This is effecting both the environment and family life. weblink: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x320oqDNMy0

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The tragedy of Fort Park

submitted by ST. Margaret College Girls' Secondary School Zejtun : Nicole Buttigieg  for 11-14
dissemination(s): Dissemination during school assemblies, newspaper, other, school magazine, school media
filed under Articles

This article is about a Fort Park, a park situated in Xgħajra Malta. The park is in a shocking state even though a lot of historical sites are present in the area. The author discusses with the major what is being done and what can be done to make the park more attractive thus can be visited more often by Maltese citizens and tourists.

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Rubbish here, rubbish there, rubbish everywhere

submitted by St. Margaret College Boys Secondary Verdala : Damien Calleja  for 11-14
dissemination(s): school media
filed under Articles

A green-area called “Sur San Pawl”, in the locality of Cospicua is being continuously vandalised and serving as a rubbish dumping zone. The waste thrown in this area is of detriment to those who visit this place risking infections and maladies. Having reported this dumping zone to the Local Council, I’ve been informed that actions have been already taken in this regard for these last three years. The local authorities did various attempts to evoke the awareness of the minister in charge as this area belongs to the government. However, the local authorities admitted that just two weeks ago they’ve organized a clean up in this area but rubbish kept on accumulating. I personally suggested the installation of cameras to enforce the law and guarantee a cleaner and safer environment. More rubbish bins can be available and more light can be added during the night to safeguard this area.

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