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Wrigley Winner – Article 15-18yrs: Cigarette Butts as Litter – Toxic as Well as Ugly

submitted by G F Abela Junior College Msida : Kimberly Galea  for 15-18
dissemination(s): Facebook, other, school media
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Cigarette butts are a small but overseen harmful type of waste, which litter our streets and end up in waterways. The situation in Malta will be discussed. Initiatives done to address the issue will be investigated. Also, suggestions on what should be done on this issue.

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Wrigley Winner – Photo 11-14yrs: Potpourri

submitted by St Edward's College : Mattia Agius Muscat  for 11-14
dissemination(s): newspaper, school media, website
filed under Photos

The word Potpourri refers to a mix of dried flowers however when literally translated also means a mixture of rotten and unrelated material. A contradiction which reflects the unfortunate situation being captured by this picture of wild flora by the sea coast in the limits of Xagħjra being turned into a dump. What a beautiful world it would be if we all had to ensure that our environment is turned into a a fresh potpourri rather than a rotten potpourri!



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Wrigley Winner – Photo 15-18yrs: Gateway to Heaven

submitted by Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School Naxxar : John Charles Fenech  for 15-18
dissemination(s): newspaper, radio, school magazine, school media
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Fennel, cape sorrell, thistle, and many other species trying to survive the struggle against rubbish. Is this the gate that takes you to a wonderful relaxing natural place? Or a gate that takes you to broken glass, sharp tins, broken plastic and other dangerous things? What benefits are insects, worms and plants taking from this rubbish? What benefits are people taking out of all this mess? There is a simple answer to this question, there is no form of benefit. Unless there is a species which feeds on broken glass or plastic, there is no way this could be beneficial to any living organism. Apart from the fact that even people can get hurt just by walking near an area such as this (for example by stepping on broken glass), these waste materials can release toxic substances which are harmful to us and the rest of the environment. Is this the kind of place we want to step into when we pass from a gate? No one can say this is heaven on Earth.



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Wrigley Winner – Photo 19-21yrs: Fruit for Thought

submitted by Eco-Centre Zejtun : Johann Camilleri  for 19+
dissemination(s): Facebook, other
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An FAO report states that 1.3 billion tonnes of food per year is wasted. This amounts to about a third of the food for human consumption and is lost or wasted through the entire food chain, from farm to plate. According to the UN Environment Program, when throwing away food, we are wasting major resources such as water, land, labor and energy which are used up to produce such food. Food waste which ends up in landfills contributes to global warming and climate change since it adds 3.3 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases to the planet’s atmosphere. Considering that 13.1% of people are hungry and 33% of food is wasted, we must keep in mind that the food we waste and throw away will have been the meal for those suffering hunger. As Pope Francis said: “Throwing food away is like stealing from the tables of the poor, the hungry!”



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Wrigley Winner – Video 11-14yrs: The Newcomer

submitted by St Edward's College : Gabriel Sciberras, Mikea Dimech  for 11-14
dissemination(s): newspaper, school media, website
filed under Video Clips

This video, accompanied by the epic music of Howard Shore (best known for the music of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’), relates both the positive and negative sides of nature. It begins with nature at its best, then suddenly illustrates the work of a certain ‘newcomer’. This is the litter and pollution that we all know too well. The video mentions that the ‘newcomer’ is us humans who contribute to pollution. After seeing both the positive and the negative, we are faced with the instructions to return the environment to its original and beautiful state.

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