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Agricultural Land Taken to Feed Cars Instead of People – New Fuel Station Seen Through its Security Fence Just Prior to its Inauguration.

submitted by G.F Abela Junior College : Elise, Muscat  for 15-18
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): school media, website
filed under Photos reporting-photo
awarded: Finalist

This 3,000m2 service station is almost complete and ready for opening. It was constructed on an area designated as agriculturally important in Malta’s North West Local Plan and Outside of a Development Zone. As per the current Service Stations Policy, this Service Station should not have been permitted as it is less than 500 metres from an existing service station. With internal combustion engine vehicles being eliminated in less than 20 years, is the priority correct to build mega-fuel stations on good agricultural land? What happens when the need for fuel stations dwindles in the coming years…will the land be converted back to agricultural use?

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Pavement Fuel pumps in central Mosta. Car mirror reflection represents the backwards viewpoint of fuel stations as seen through the mirror of an all-electric car

submitted by G.F Abela Junior College : Elise, Muscat  for 15-18
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): school media, website
filed under Photos reporting-photo
awarded: Finalist

The main road in Mosta has two fuel stations nestled amongst shops and terraced houses. The Government introduced a policy which encouraged existing stations such as these to relocate. From a safety perspective, this has benefits. However, the policy also permits them to be allocated prime agricultural land for the development of their new station, which goes against the normal planning policy. There are already fuel stations both to the west and south of Mosta, so making these stations redundant. However, the current station licensing policy means that these stations cannot be closed without enabling them to open up elsewhere.

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Developing a new service station on arable land with the rusting excavation equipment and security fence contrasting with the green land of the encroached field

submitted by G.F Abela Junior College : Elise, Muscat  for 15-18
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): newspaper, school media, website
filed under Photos reporting-photo
awarded: Commended

The Mgarr Fuel Station is currently located in a vulnerable area and next to a children’s playground in the centre of the village. Their application to develop 2,406m2 of agricultural land was approved in 2011. Clearing of the land commenced but stopped soon afterwards, leaving a fenced area of part excavated land and rusting excavation equipment. This perfectly demonstrates the controversy of balancing the benefits of moving a fuel station away from a village core but at the cost of the loss of a significant amount of fertile land and placing an eyesore in a rural area.

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Construction Boom in Malta

submitted by Secondary St Aloysius College : Karl Camilleri  for 11-14
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): other, This video will be view during an event taking place during 'earth week'. Further details will follow soon.
filed under reporting-video video-clips
awarded: Commended

It feels like Malta has become a permanent construction site. From local news it is evident that local councils, NGOs are inundated with complaints by residents about the many inconveniences caused by the construction industry. However, these seem to fall on deaf ears and greedy developers are not only abusing our land but also workers. The information used to create this video was taken from information on a few articles recently published on local newspapers and photographs taken by the author himself. The aim of this video is to show the urgent state of the situation on both the environment and society.. This craze to create iconic exclusive buildings and high-rise developments, makes me question its sustainability and what will my country look like in a few years from now.

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Recycling Computers

submitted by Cospicua. Senior Secondary School St. Margaret College Verdala : Aaliyah Bonello, Lara Agius  for 15-18
campaign: litter-less-campaign-entry
dissemination(s): school media
filed under Articles
awarded: Commended

Throughout the scholastic year, computers change once in a while. Questioning was done on what is happening to old computers. In some schools, computers are recycled and used in other subjects but what happens to the computers around Malta?

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