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Photos 11-14 years Commended Entry -Fertilisers… Do they actually fertilise?

submitted by St. Margaret's College Girls' Secondary School Zejtun : Erika Esposito  for Age Group: 11-14
dissemination(s): newspaper, Notice boards and social media, other, School assemblies, school-magazine, school-media
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When one research the definition of a fertiliser the most frequent answer is a substance which helps the plant to grow by supplying the necessary minerals. Yet, one has to make an important distinction between organic and inorganic fertilisers. Being natural, organic fertilisers harm the environment much less compared to inorganic ones. This is because; they are made up from natural sources such as manure and compost. On the other hand, inorganic fertilizers cause fertiliser burns, water pollution by the leaching of nitrates leading to health problems such as the blue baby syndrome and also increase the amount of pests. So, think twice what the best option is… getting healthier plants with some more waiting time for their development or getting plants bigger at a faster rate but causing health problems and a great deal of harm to the environment?



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Photos 15-18 years Commended Entry – Worthy Worms

submitted by St.Michael School : Karl Buhagiar  for Age Group: 15-18
dissemination(s): school-magazine
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Some people may be afraid of worms and do not think highly of them.  But some species are really worth breeding.  The worms seen in the picture are all the time eating and eating.  In fact, they are really efficient in consuming our waste – be it kitchen or garden waste, newspapers and magazines, in fact, anything that is biodegradable.  It only takes several weeks for these worms to turn waste into fine compost and manure with no offensive smells in the process.  Local governments should consider seriously the adoption of treating waste by this method because it would save them big headaches with regards to the location of waste treatment plants, smell pollution and other undesirable problems.  In addition, the use of fine compost and manure produced by worms would eliminate the use of synthetic fertilisers by farmers and keen gardeners, thus reducing the level of pollution in our aquifers.  The work done by this amazing creation is able to effect positively our environment and should indeed be considered as worthy and precious little worms.



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Photos 15-18 years Commended Entry – Destroying my rest place

submitted by Santa Margerita GSS Cospicua : Nirvana Grech  for Age Group: 15-18
dissemination(s): EkoSkola Notice board, other, Parents Day, Teachers' Face book
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Kultant meta jaghmlu xi progett ikissru l-paci u l-ftit hdura li ghandna…. li kultant ikun post ta’ mistrieh ghal diversi persuni matul il-jum. Fuq dan il-bank kont nistenna lil shabi qabel nidhlu l-iskola, issa qerduh. Mhux sew. Il-progress ma ghandux ikisser izda isebbah u ihaddar… meta ser nitghallmu?

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Press Kids Commended Entry – unGREATful

submitted by St Edward's College : Marcello Agius Muscat, Nicolo' Agius Muscat  for Press Kids: 7-10
dissemination(s): school-magazine, school-media, website
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After man extracted rock to build a GREAT house, the same man dumped back the remaining rock, packed in GREAT sacks, destroying nature itself. He is now left with a GREAT house, a GREAT loss of nature which is the source of all happiness and wealth, and this because he has been unGREATful.

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Dingli cliffs at sunset

submitted by Rabat The Archbishop's Seminary : Gregory Maggi  for Age Group: 11-14
dissemination(s): Facebook, other
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This picture captures the beauty of Dingli Cliffs at sunset. The serenity and tranquil atmosphere created at this time of day is captured as some yachts pass by. The fading sun manages to sift through the winter clouds to complete the picture at the far end.

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Stop Feeding Our Ducks

submitted by St. Margaret College Boys Secondary Verdala : Adel Khalifa, Nicholas Buhagiar  for Age Group: 11-14
dissemination(s): newspaper, website
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Feeding ducks is always tempting. The natural pond of Marsascala town harbours various ducks and fish regularly fed with proper healthy food by the Local Council. However, passing by people (mostly children) feed them bread, chips, popcorn etc. without realizing how detrimental this is. Though some ducks like bread and starchy food, there is no nutritional value in this diet. Artificial and starchy food fills up their stomachs and then they refuse to eat their proper food needed to keep them healthy. Without the proper nutrition, ducks turn prone to diseases and die. Giving excess food to ducks means more droppings and then excess feces cause water pollution, unsanitary environment and spread of diseases in the bird population. Also feeding ducks with artificial food contaminates the pond water and increases pests. On contacting the Local Council, I suggested more proper food awareness and safety signs preventing people from feeding ducks.

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Troubled Waters

submitted by St. Clare's College Secondary Pembroke : Aimee Myra Aquilina  for Age Group: 11-14
dissemination(s): School Notice boards, school-magazine, website
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These photos were taken last summer, in the area known as White Rocks behind the water amusement park. They show an effluent flowing from the water park straight down to the sea. This runoff was no little stream of crystal clear water meeting the Mediterranean Sea. It appeared to contain some kind of foamy waste which could be seen floating on the surface. All sort of drainage should be filtered before letting it out to sea. Polluting the sea harms marine organisms and leads to destruction of whole ecosystems. If we don’t take any note of sea pollution the problem will expand and in a few years’ time the damages will be far too big to fix. My appeal goes to the authorities responsible to eradicate such abuse.

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A building of no use

submitted by St. Margaret College Boys Secondary Verdala : Emerson Vella  for Age Group: 11-14
dissemination(s): Geographical board display at school shortly, other, school-magazine
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Every time I go walking at Marsascala, I see this abandoned building formerly the Jerma hotel. This huge building is very dangerous. If someone gets in he could fall because there are no windows. It is dirty so people could get infections. Dogs, cats and rats may reproduce inside. This site may be a meeting point for thieves and drug dealers. Outside the building there is no sign to warn children that the area is out of bounds. It is an eye sore near the coast so because of this less tourists are staying in Marsascala, for this resort is not so attractive anymore. Something about this abandoned building must be done. The owners can restore it into a hotel again. It could be converted into a school or a home for old people. Anything is better than the state it is in now!



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The Pembroke Playing Ground

submitted by Mater Boni Consilii Paola St. Joseph : Erica Grima  for Age Group: 11-14
dissemination(s): other, School Assembly, website
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This piece of land was just a piece of car park. Before, when there was the Second World War, this land was used for target shooting. Several years after World War 2, in 2012, the Government transformed this abandoned land into a beautiful environmental and eco-friendly garden. There is even a pond! If we learn to take care of it, maybe we will have more parks like this, full of trees & flowers which provide natural habitats for a lot of species. If we learn to take care of nature, nature will show us all its beauty, so let’s learn now to take care of our things!

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Wied Blandun Community Garden

submitted by Mater Boni Consilii Paola St. Joseph : Courteny Ekezie  for Age Group: 11-14
dissemination(s): other, School Assembly, website
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Wied Blandun Community Garden – My school, Mater Boni Consilii School, works a lot to make the environment a better place. One of the projects that the EkoSkola Committee in collaboration with HSBC did was the Community Garden in Wied Blandun, Paola about 2 years ago. Each class planted flowers or herbs to make this garden look better. In this project, the EkoSkola committee did not only make Wied Blandun look nicer but also gave the opportunity to all students to observe nature. Unfortunately, some plants have been stolen and vandalism occurred. It is useless to sit back and not speaking up! Everyone has to do something about these problems. What are YOU going to do about it?!?!

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