1st Place YRE – Photo 11-14yrs: If this Eyesore You Cannot Bear…Don’t be Afraid to Care

submitted by Our Lady Immaculate School Hamrun : Yasmin Joy Attard  for 11-14
dissemination(s): EkoSkola Notice board, other, website
filed under Photos

The entrance to what probably was a small farmhouse nowadays hosts a small rubbish dump just outside Xewkija, Gozo. One can see an old rusty barrel, pieces of wood and a CRT television set. This waste is not just an eyesore to those who walk near the place, but also poses a danger to humans, the soil and underlying groundwater. Rust, or iron oxide, can harbour microbes, such as tetanus. A CRT television contains chemicals, such as lead and barium, which seep through the soil and pollute the groundwater. Where is this leading us to?
Something needs to be done to clean up what is left of our countryside. In a country where space is at a premium and the countryside is rapidly becoming a rarity, we must do everything in our power to conserve that little breath of fresh air we have left.

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