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Environmental Sacrilege

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The situation is much worse than we thought! Is this the product of all the effort invested in educating youths? Do our youths really know what the word RESPECT means? Is this how our future adult citizens are enjoying the gift of life? Can this be the result of bad examples given by some parents to their children? Are these environmental sacrileges shoved under the carpet so no one will have to change the sinners’ act? We need to react NOW! In our opinion people should be made more aware that the environment belongs to all of us and we should take care of it. Local Councils could organise campaigns in which the environment is not only cleaned up but the causes of such behaviour are targeted. Children should be helped by schools, family and the community to acquire the necessary values to safeguard their environment and refrain from such behaviour.



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Maltese Stone vs Bricks: which is the best?

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When we refer to the Maltese rock we mean that rock which is extracted from the Maltese parameter area by any sophisticated machinery. The Maltese rock is all made out of sediment, creatures and other sea or land materials. This is mainly composed by five layers. The one which from it we build is the Globigerina Limestone. The advantage of this is that the building is given character. Its disadvantage is that workers are decreasing because it is a very hard job. But if we don’t build with our rock our traditional way of building will be destroyed. An example is the “girna” (seen in picture) which is a beautiful typical Maltese building. On the other hand, the advantage of bricks is that it will make work faster and more organised. The disadvantage is that it destroys nature. So let’s take care of the Maltese vernacular architecture which is part of our identity.



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Reaching New Heights

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In this picture, as you can see there is a pair of shoes, tied together, which were thrown from the street and hanged to the electrical wires very close to a typical stone Maltese balcony. This can cause several damages. For example, when it rains, the shoes will remain wet. We all know what water can cause when it meets electricity. It can lead to various household damages such as appliances due to electrical shortages. Apart from this they are also damaging the appearance of the locality itself and in this case obstructing the view of a beautiful Maltese traditional stone carved balcony. In my opinion these shoes should be removed by the Local Council workers in order to improve the image of this place and allow the stylish medieval stoned balcony attract the attention of anyone passing by.



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Wied Ghajn Zejtuna

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Wied Għajn Żejtuna is one of the very few valleys on the Maltese Islands which is densely covered by vegetation and where fresh water flows all year round. Unfortunately, a lot of damage has already been inflicted on this natural site. Storm water has been diverted from asphalted roads onto the river bed slopes and this resulted in a massive erosion of soil banks. Alpine trees, with very wide trunks, that were over 30 years old have been uprooted and toppled by this erosion. Furthermore, old walls are now collapsing due to lack of maintenance and dumping of domestic waste is on the rise. Debris is accumulating, and illegal camping is becoming regular. The valley’s fauna ranges from Arthropods to Mammals, such as the Green Whip snake, which is ecologically important for controlling the valley’s rats, and the North African hedgehog, which finds the valley a good refuge. Thus, by protecting the valley, one would also be safeguarding a healthy ecosystem which allows for biodiversity. One cannot stress enough the necessity of giving the valley urgent protection in order to continue being an essential habitat for all species before it is too late. Should there be development plans for this area, one should respect the importance of sustainable development although, ideally, this site would not be given permission for more development to take place.



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How come farms are destroyed?

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Although environment awareness has increased: more Bring-in-Sites placed in cities and villages, recycling and also education on having a clean environment but still we have a lot more to improve. As time goes by more and more farms are being ruined because of waste or else by construction of houses. More houses are being built since population is increasing, but we need farms to have fresh local food, which helps in our economy. Also with the increase of population, pollution increase because of waste products. But aren’t children and youths taught about a cleaner environment? Of course, most of them are, this shows that it is not only children who need education but also the older generation. In the photo below the Bring-in-Sites have no bottom. How did this happen is impossible to find but what we can ask is: after all this education and awareness how can something like this be ignored?



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