7-10

Save the dolphins

submitted by St Paul's Missionary College : Eli John Camilleri, Jake Demicoli, James Caruana, Waldemar Vagner Aragon  for 7-10
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): Google Classroom, other, school magazine, school media
filed under Articles
awarded: Commended, Participation

EcoMarine Malta warns of high extinction risks for dolphins due to human impact. Dolphins’ diet includes fish, squid, and shrimp; they hunt in pods. Social similarities with humans include enjoyment of companionship but face shared challenges like boat evasions. A code of conduct advises safe dolphin interactions, emphasizing respectful distance and noise reduction. Plastic pollution poses a severe threat, with many dolphins ingesting or being ensnared by plastic debris. Advocating for maritime regulation and reducing noise pollution are proposed solutions. By minimizing disruptions to their habitat and reducing plastic pollution, humans can preserve dolphins’ well-being. Maintaining a respectful distance during interactions and advocating for habitat protection are crucial steps in safeguarding these marine mammals.



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All about hedgehogs: Conservation, challenges and solutions

submitted by St Paul's Missionary College : Alexander Saliba, Claude Massa Camilleri, Dale Borg  for 7-10
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): Google Classroom, other, school magazine, school media
filed under Articles
awarded: Commended

In Malta, the Algerian hedgehog is adored for its charm and unique behaviors, yet its role in the ecosystem remains unclear. Despite their importance in maintaining ecological balance, hedgehogs face numerous threats including road fatalities, pesticide exposure, and habitat loss due to urbanization. To address these challenges, drivers must adhere to road signs and reduce speed, particularly at night when hedgehogs are active, to minimize road casualties. Policy makers can promote public education on reducing pesticide use and advocate for stricter environmental protection laws to preserve habitats. By raising awareness and implementing sustainable practices, we can safeguard hedgehog populations and ensure their presence in our ecosystems for future generations.



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Turtles need our help!!

submitted by St Paul's Missionary College : Daniel Bonello, Emerson Muscat, Kian Dimech, Raphael Scerri  for 7-10
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): Google Classroom, other, school magazine, school media
filed under Articles
awarded: Commended, Participation

The Mediterranean Sea is becoming a perilous place for its inhabitants, particularly turtles, due to plastic pollution. Every year, numerous turtles perish after being ensnared in floating nets or ingesting plastic bags, mistaking them for jellyfish. Research reveals that ingesting plastic increases their risk of death by 25%, hindering their ability to breathe and eat. Shockingly, up to 90% of young turtles in some regions have consumed plastic. Ghost nets and fishing hooks also pose threats. Solutions include beach clean-ups, proper waste disposal, and changes in fishing practices to minimize turtle entanglement. These challenges underscore the urgent need to protect marine habitats and mitigate human-induced threats. By addressing plastic pollution and adopting responsible fishing techniques, we can safeguard the future of marine life, ensuring a healthier and safer environment for all.



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The Mediterranean Monk Seal: A cry for help

submitted by St Paul's Missionary College : Ben Jones, Francesco Grech, Kayden Micallef, Liam Zack Giordimaina  for 7-10
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): Google Classroom, other, school magazine, school media
filed under Articles
awarded: Participation

The Mediterranean Monk Seal is a rare type of seal that lives in warm waters. They are called Monachus Monachus scientifically. They can live up to 45 years, but usually live around 20 to 25 years. Their main predators are killer whales and tiger sharks. They eat things like eels, sardines, and tuna. Sadly, human activities like taking over their habitat and pollution, especially from plastic, are putting them in danger. There are only about 700 left, so we need to act fast to save them. We should work together to protect not only the Mediterranean Monk Seal but also all marine life.



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No to plastic

submitted by Valletta Primary : Lucezen Vella Grixti, Zven Mallia Pace  for 7-10
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): school media
filed under Articles

BCR Outing :As Year 5 students with our educators, we visited the BCRS facility on 15th February 2024. We were shown a presentation of what happens in these premises. We were given some figures which really fascinated us as we didn’t imagine that thousands of bottles are recycled per day. Following this we were shown how the bottles get crushed. We were given the opportunity to see and touch the microplastics. There was also a control room displaying all the footage of the BCRS machines over Malta. After we were taken to the large garage where we could see the machinery to see the process of how the bottles are crushed and stacked in bundles. We were also given the opportunity to dispose of some bottles and cans using the BCR machines. This outing made us realize more the importance of recycling plastic.



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Malta’s Major Problem on Four Wheels

submitted by MRC NAXXAR PRIMARY : Leah Gaffiero  for 7-10
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): school magazine, school media
filed under Articles
awarded: Commended, Participation

Malta is one of the most traffic jam places in Europe. In September 2023, Malta had 436,007 registered vehicles. Most of these vehicles, approximately 73.9% were passenger vehicles. With a population of approximately 542,051, this means that for every three people there are two cars. This high number of cars in Malta is the cause to Malta’s traffic and pollution problem.



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Dmugħ tas-siġar

submitted by MRC NAXXAR PRIMARY : Kai Schembri  for 7-10
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): school magazine, school media
filed under Articles

Tgħid għaliex? Inti taf għaliex? Tħares fejn tħares, griż biss. Dan għaliex?



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Air Pollution

submitted by MRC NAXXAR PRIMARY : Jack Kleine Punte  for 7-10
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): school magazine, school media
filed under Articles
awarded: Participation

Did you now that at least 1 in 10 people die to air pollution? Did you know that air pollution is also created deforestation? What can we do to help?



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Land Pollution

submitted by MRC NAXXAR PRIMARY : Gabriella Zammit Cesare  for 7-10
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): school magazine, school media
filed under Articles
awarded: Participation

Land pollution can have a significant impact on biodiversity. It can lead to the destruction of habitats, the loss of plants and animals’ species and the disruption pf ecological processes. This can have long-term impacts on the health of ecosystem and the services they provide such as clean water and air. Land pollution can be prevented by reducing waste generation, using renewable energy sources and adopting sustainable agricultural practices.



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Air Pollution

submitted by MRC NAXXAR PRIMARY : Gabriel Zammit Cesare  for 7-10
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): school media, website
filed under Articles

Air pollution is one of the most dire enviromental problems in the world right now. Constant exposure to it poses incredibly high risks of health issues, affecting everyone in low, middle and high income countries.



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