Finalist

EARTH TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

submitted by Independent : Cassar, Matthew  for 15-18
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): website
filed under Articles
awarded: Finalist, YREstayshome

An analysis focusing on the short and long term impacts the corona virus has had on both global and national air emissions.



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Il-pesta tal-plastik

submitted by secondary school St Benedict College : Joseph Farrugia  for 11-14
campaign: litter-less-campaign-entry
dissemination(s): + Local Council notice board, newspaper, other
filed under Articles
awarded: Finalist

An investigation on the damage caused by plastic littering and the use of single use plastic, and what is being done to address the problem.



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A big hole in the ground

submitted by secondary school St Benedict College : Jeremie Zammit Young  for 11-14
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): other, social media and public notice board
filed under Articles
awarded: Finalist, YREstayshome

The effect of quarries on the local community and the natural environment.



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Cycling the Talk

submitted by G.F Abela Junior College : Isaac Sam Camilleri  for 15-18
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): newspaper, school media, tv, website
filed under Articles
awarded: Commended, Finalist

Malta one of the smallest nations in the EU with the highest population density, despite its tiny size, has a very high rate of car usage. Being a student myself I decided to investigate why bikes to commute are not so popular. I investigated this by interviewing the president of the NGO Bicycle Advocacy Group BAG, my college Principal, Transport Malta (TM), Infrastructure Malta (IM) and the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, Dr. Ian Borg.



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U​se of water fountains to reduce plastic waste 

submitted by G.F Abela Junior College : Gillian Vella, Leandros Catania  for 15-18
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): newspaper
filed under Articles
awarded: Finalist

8 years after the beginning of the initiative of creating a water fountain system at the Junior College, we have put in research efforts in order to assess students’ perceptions and state of use of these fountains. This research was conducted through an online survey consisting of 150 student participants or approximately 8.4% of the students attending the college.



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Food Waste in Hospitality

submitted by Sliema St Joseph Senior School : Maegan Friggieri  for 11-14
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): school media, website
filed under Articles
awarded: Commended, Finalist

This article discusses the extent of food waste in the hospitality sector and provides possible solutions moving forward.



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SUP- Stop Using Plastic Bags

submitted by St. Thomas More College Secondary School Zejtun : Aidan Jo Desira, Christine Desira, Daniel Attard, Jodie Sultana, Katrina Abela, Kelly Bor, Leanne Cassar, Nick Muscat, Sera Bonanno, Vanni Caruana, Zoe Zammit  for 11-14
campaign: litter-less-campaign-entry
dissemination(s): assembly, blogs, Facebook, Instagram, notice board, other, school magazine, school media, streets, tv, website
filed under Articles
awarded: Finalist

This article is about a campaign held by a group of students from St. Thomas Moore Secondary School Zejtun about the use of single-use plastic bags. It describes the process done during the campaign but also discusses the results obtained from two surveys conducted. The camapign proved to be very successful as the students managed to adopt seven injured turtles as well.



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The impact of lost fishing gear in the Maltese seas

submitted by St Augustine College : Christopher Portelli, Gabriel Pullicino  for 11-14
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): newspaper, school magazine, school media
filed under Articles
awarded: Finalist

Malta has a solid tradition in fisheries. Lost fishing gear is considered a major threat to our marine environment. Students investigate why this is a threat to marine environment and what is being done to mitigate the effect of ghost fishing that is haunting our seas.



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Plastic Litter, Sea Water Temperature and pH: What is the link?

submitted by Gozo College Middle School : EkoSkola Committee  for 11-14
campaign: litter-less-campaign-entry
dissemination(s): EkoSkola blog, Ekoskola noticeboard, GLOBE website, Gozo news website, newspaper, other, school magazine, school media, website
filed under Articles
awarded: Finalist

Marine litter originates from many sources and causes a wide range of environmental, economic, safety, health and cultural impacts. For example, marine litter can cause harm to sea life if ingested or even death if a marine mammal becomes entangled in litter (PEW, 2018). But there other consequences as a result of all this litter ending up in the oceans and seas. Does plastic affect sea water conditions? This study investigated the effects of marine litter, especially plastic, on sea water. Following an outdoor classroom activity held at Ħondoq Bay (Figure 1), a small sandy beach in the South East of Gozo, the students decided to investigate the effects of plastic litter on sea water temperature and sea water pH levels.



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Help the Hedgehogs

submitted by St. Thomas More College Secondary School Zejtun : Janja Jovcic  for 11-14
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): assembly, noticeboard, other, school magazine, school media
filed under Articles
awarded: Finalist

This article summarises the struggles hedgehogs have to face in Malta and emphasises on the use of the helpline that exists in order to try and save this creature which unfortunately is on te decrease.



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