Agriculture and Nature

National Winning Photo 2nd – The Murder of Wied il-Għasel?

submitted by Rachel Powell St Theresa College Girls' Junior Lyceum Imriehel for Agriculture and Nature
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In Mosta lies what was once the most quaint and prosperous of all the Maltese Valleys: Wied il-Għasel. This valley, as the name implies, was famous for bee-keeping. Species which once charmed this valley like the Sicilian Spider Orchid, can no longer be seen. Although the Mosta Local Council claims that they organize various campaigns to clean the valley, a survey in Mosta revealed that astonishingly 65% of the residents did not know anything about Wied il-Għasel of which 25% did not know it even exists. What was even more impressive was the amount of rubbish found in the valley, with more than 100 different items recorded and even off roading is practised!(Matsec Environmental Project Analysis 2011) Action must be taken to safeguard the valley; rubbish should be cleaned, off roading should not be allowed and more information should be given about Wied il-Ghasel. Let’s help the environment!



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National Winning Article 1st – The Rubble Trouble?

submitted by James Scicluna & Christina Pisani San Anton School Imselliet for Agriculture and Nature
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'Greed is depriving future generations from the simple and beautiful things in life'. The Natural Maltese Sclerophyll Habitats are being lost due to land reclamation for agriculture. Moreover, this soil which is being transported from different locations, is being lost as rubble walls are being replaced by unsuitable alternatives. All this is occurring in an area behind the Riviera Hotel, in Marfa.



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Be on the lookout for lichens…

submitted for Agriculture and Nature
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One of the topics most discussed these days is air pollution and its effect on our life. In our study, we aim to show people that if they want to live in an area which is pollution free, then they must be on the lookout for lichens.



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Chain Reaction

submitted for Agriculture and Nature
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“Millions of sea turtles have been inadvertently trapped and killed by commercial fishing fleets over the last 20 years,’ a global survey has found.”



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The true beauty of nature

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There’s only one way to describe this picture, “simply beautiful”. This flower is situated in the last place you would think of. It’s found in a field along a main road where cars pass frequently. Doesn’t it inspire you? Does it resemble the rising sun?  It shows the true beauty of nature. How can anyone see this picture and not fall in love with nature? It should inspire us to take a stand and stop the atrocities that people do at nature’s expense. Thus, if you truly respect the beauty that Earth provides, protect your Environment!



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Agriculture in the Maltese Islands

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The origins of agriculture in Malta are as old as man’s presence on the archipelago. Judging by the quality, size and numbers of the megalithic temples on the islands, those origins are indeed remote. Tools and agricultural equipment discovered in Malta express Neolithic man’s vocation to husbandry and his dedication to agricultural life. Agriculture did not make the Maltese farmer rich, but history recounts that the community was able to raise, in the fourteenth century, a king’s ransom in gold to free itself of the despotic fiefdom imposed by a medieval tyrant.



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Another use for the environment

submitted for Agriculture and Nature
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In certain places in Malta people go to have fun but they leave their waste behind. As we can see in the picture, some ignorant people left bottles full of used motor oil and half a destroyed chair. What do you think will the tourists say about Malta when they see such things? Will this kind of behavior give a good impression of the Maltese environment, as a beautiful one? Sitting down and just blaming the people who are responsible for these actions, will not help improve this environmental problem. We need to take action as soon as possible. The consequences of this vandalism to the environment would be devastating if we do nothing now! One of the problems related to this kind of behavior is the extinction of endemic flora and fauna. Some solutions could be: raising the fines for people who are caught vandalising the environment, organising cleaning-up campaigns and telling people more about the effects left upon the environment due to our irresponsible behaviour.



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Colour dots spoils the green

submitted for Agriculture and Nature
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This is a typical aerial view of some traditional Maltese fields. The small colour dots are the only eye sore in this picture! Do we need to add colours to this greenery? These dots are old tanks which by time become very rusty and not so environmental friendly or even degradable. The tanks are placed in fields sometimes instead of rebuilding a fallen rubble wall to separate one field from another or else to be filled with rain water so that the farmers can use this water for their seed beds. These are no excuses because instead of these tanks they can rebuild a typical Maltese rubble wall. In the case of reservoirs there are many other types of how to build a good rain water reservoir! In our school and on all media a lot of environmental activities go on to raise awareness. It is our duty to leave a better future.



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Peer Through

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Unbelievable nature! A window in the midst of horizontal and vertical strata. The various shades of brown contrasts deeply with the azure sky. It instils the yearning to embark on a journey – a journey over the massive rocks – an urge to climb high – to climb high to peer through the amazing window. What is beyond? What wonders awaits us? What mysteries await us? Alas, we have to venture to peer through and see what lies beyond. Subsequently we have to prepare ourselves to face the challenges of a changing world.



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So rugged yet so calm and smooth?

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Craters in the rocks. So difficult to thread upon. Yet each stepping stone adheres a structure – a structure of wholeness. In the midst, a hole, full of clear calm water. And beyond the deep, dark blue sea. One ponders and wonders – was a ruler used to draw the precise line which demarcates the land from the sea? The horizon meets the infinite sky in the perfection of nature! To manage to surpass obstacles enhances the will-power to open our wings and soar up and fly – fulfilled by satisfaction!



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