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Beaches – calm, natural areas, or overdeveloped swathes of concrete?

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Living on an island, beaches and the sea in general are an important facet of daily life, as well as an inextricable part of the Maltese culture. The summer ‘xalati’, or days by the sea, are a weekly pleasure for most of the Maltese, especially on those days following a village feast. The image on the left shows a relationship that seems to be degrading, however. The pictured parakiter enjoys the winds that carry him across the waves, framed by a backdrop of verdant green. This, however, is one of the only inlets in Malta that remain untouched. Haphazard development has taken over a great number of our beaches, with concrete promenades and kiosks reigning over the Maltese coast and busy roads ensuring that not a moment of peace can be enjoyed. Will we surrender our beaches, our culture, our very livelihood, to swathes of grey? If we do, it will not bode well for us, for even a humble weed finds its way through the strongest concrete.



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Drive through the countryside?

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In this photo, the car was burnt near houses and fields. Stray cats which lived there could have been hurt during this incident. Before this act of vandalism, the cats had places where they could rest and now residents have to see what to do about this problem. This is an illegal way of dumping hazardous waste. Junkyards are provided to remove such waste but still people give a cold shoulder. More precisely toxic waste, if not disposed properly, can intoxicate the surrounding habitat which include plants and nearby puddles home to frogs. More over it will reach groundwater, and poison the water supply. Even worse this waste does not self decay which means it will stay visible for many years until it’s disposed properly, like it should have been in the first place!



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Is this how you would like to enjoy nature?

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Is it worth destroying other creature’s habitat, just for the sake of having a seaside view? Instead of appreciating the natural environment of Xemxija Bay by building Nature Reserves and other things to help raise awareness about the beauty of the bay, we are building apartments which are not only polluting the surrounding environment and killing many habitats, but are also creating an eyesore. If we carry out these projects, then we may preserve many of the creatures’ natural habitats. By conserving many of the natural resources, we can make the bay look more attractive and many tourists along with local people may enjoy taking a stroll on the beach. As you are reading this, think of how much better off our life would be if urbanisation was reduced! We would have a longer lifespan and our health will drastically improve. Think before you build!



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Will Fort Ricasoli be doomed forever?

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An opportunity to save Fort Ricasoli was lost when it was not included in Smart City’s master plan. Therefore we hope that when restoration works start the authorities will still be on time. Ricasoli is a fort on the island of Malta, built by the knights of Malta between 1670 and 1693. We went to the fort and interviewed some tourists and they remarked that it should be restored immediately. We should not let our historic fortifications and forts fall down as thanks to them that Malta is famous. A day will come when it will be too late to restore and recover what we have inherited. A man at Ricasoli told us that some form of specially designed artificial reef could have been built using the limestone excavated to make way for smart city to protect the Fort from sea storms. We must act now before it’s too late.



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Naughty Buoys floating in our local marinas

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What a pity to have such a beautiful Birgu marina and then distorted by lots of plastic cans floating along the sea surface of the harbour. The Birgu Marina is so picturesque and rich in architecture that it can’t hold floating plastic cans instead of normal standard buoys. The typically Maltese boats called “Luzzu” are really catchy and their various beautiful colours and styles fit so well within the Birgu marina and harbour. However, this is not the case when referring to the various floating plastic naughty buoys. We need education in this regard so that our boat owners will start opting for proper standard sea buoys which respect and fit in well with our local marinas, ports and harbours. Local government and Local Councils should work hand in hand to create more awareness in this regard.



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