11-14

Sea Pollution

submitted by The Archbishop's Seminary : Tyron Cardona  for 11-14
dissemination(s): school media
filed under Photos

We maltese are well known for our countryside and our beaches example the “Gnejna Bay” and the “Golden Sands Bay”. But are we really loosing our touristic fame because we are polluting the sea and the bays? We are always pointing at someone else because they polluted the sea but no one is taking action to try and stop this vandalism that is causing loss of tourists. We need to start and take action NOW or else we are going to suffer the consequences that can even cause on closing bays or not permitting barbecues on the beach – as has happened in some cases. We must help the associations that are trying to help in cleaning our sea and bays voluntarily so that maltese people and tourists can have a pleasant stay at our bays.



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How green is your takeaway container?

submitted by ST. Margaret College Girls' Secondary School Zejtun : Chanice Mercieca, Rhianydd Demanuele, Shaznay Graham  for 11-14
dissemination(s): other, Presentation of photograph during school assembly, school magazine, school media, website
filed under Photos

MMM… the first word that comes to mind with this sight. But consciously zooming into this photograph one would perceive that there is much more than tasty and intriguing food. Fast food, as the name implies is food prepared and served very quickly. It might taste good but actually it ruins your life. Unfortunately, this food is served to costumers in a package form of takeaway which most of them are pretty environmentally unfriendly. This is causing a high amount of rubbish and littering. Sadly, there is an increasing problem that many people think that the world is their garbage can as well as their ashtray. They are not troubled to use public bins to get rid of their waste. Such litter eventually becomes permanent part of our environment. So let’s feel good about ourselves and start considering this growing issue of takeaway containers.



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A room with a view

submitted by St. Clare\\\'s College Girls\' Secondary Ex-Sandhurst Pembroke : Akemi Magri, Christine Gauci  for 11-14
dissemination(s): school magazine, website
filed under Photos

Up to a few decades ago Sliema Front was lined with beautiful two storey town houses. People living in adjacent side streets could view the promenade from their doorsteps. This is what one sees now if he/she wants to get a mere glimpse of the sky. Tower cranes dominate Sliema's skyline; multi storey buildings have now replaced the lovely houses characteristic of this area. Dust and debris cover the streets, not to mention the noise pollution created by jiggers and cranes. Heavy vehicles have wreaked havoc on the roads' infrastructure. Sliema has been turned into a continual building site. Do we have to endure this for more decades to come?



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A leap too far… nearly!!

submitted by San Anton School : Amy Bartolo, Juanita Galea  for 11-14
dissemination(s): school media
filed under Photos

It started off as an adventure, I wanted to explore so I leapt from my shallow well on one of the terraced fields leading to Ramla Valley. However the rain came down hard and strong and I ended up being carried from one water catchment to another. These areas were recently dug up to hold more water for irrigation. Some workers were too enthusiastic and they dug so close to the rubble walls that they collapsed, the prickly pear trees behind the walls that were also preventing soil erosion all ended up in the moving stream. I was fighting for my life, gulping and trying to reach safer grounds, but the moving water was too fast for me and then I saw the sea…..eeeeh!!! Salty water!! Then a pair of gentle hands lifted me up and carried me safely to a fresh water habitat higher up in the valley… Phew…



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Mattress Mountain

submitted by Our Lady Immaculate School Hamrun : Michelle Portelli  for 11-14
dissemination(s): Ekoskola notice board during 2nd term and Parents' Days., other
filed under Photos

Its name says it all. This photo was taken in Qormi in a residential area in an abandoned field between houses. I feel sad when I see a scene like this. These days everyone knows the local coucil removes bulk litter and so I feel appalled and there is no excuse for disgracing this otherwise lovely field. I hope that with my photo I can bring awareness to others so that environmental sins like this one are corrected once and for all.



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Trash and Dash

submitted by Our Lady Immaculate School Hamrun : Michelle Portelli  for 11-14
dissemination(s): Ekoskola notice board during 2nd term and Parents' Days., other
filed under Photos

People sometimes forget that our custodial workers work very hard to keep our towns free from trash. Our local councils have worked very hard to invest in "Bring in Sites". I am angry and sad at the same time when I see nice areas with trash for no reason. The photo was taken in Qormi in an abandoned field. I wish that people would start to think before dumping their trash.



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Is there light at the end of the channel?

submitted by Our Lady Immaculate School Hamrun : Yasmin Joy Attard  for 11-14
dissemination(s): Ekoskola notice board during 2nd term and Parents' Days., other
filed under Photos

The supply of water in Malta depends on that obtained by the Reverse Osmosis plants and the supply of groundwater. However, the level of groundwater is decreasing rapidly and over a period of time, we might have to find other alternatives. One such alternative is to build reservoirs all through Malta to hold the rain that falls. This winter was one of the wettest in the history of meteorology. The surface runoff flowing in this sort of channel is blocked by the debris of construction waste and rocks. If some of that runoff water would have been spared in reservoirs, people would turn to this supply of water (as it’s free), than open the tap and use water coming from desalinisation plants.



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Agriculture Methane Digester

submitted by De La Salle College : Kurt Schembri  for 11-14
dissemination(s): radio, school media, website
filed under Video Clips

Methane digestion involves the decomposition of manure processing by-products, and other materials into effluent and biogas. Micro organisms perform the decomposition process in a methane digester, which can be designed in several ways. Once biogas is harvested from the processed manure, it can be run through an engine to generate electricity, used in place of natural gas, or flared. Many digesters are successfully operating in the U.S. and Europe. As digesters have grown in popularity in the U.S., so have the options for ownership and financing of digesters. A variety of incentives are available for digesters, construction and tax incentives also exist for manure supplied to digesters.



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Chadwick Lakes

submitted by St. Margaret College Boys Secondary Verdala : Jeremy Sultana  for 11-14
dissemination(s): school media
filed under Video Clips



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