11-14

Feeding marine organisms?

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

As I was walking in a street near the sea in Birgu I noticed something in the sea that just was not right. It was not the sea itself but what was in it. Floating on the surface there were all sorts of used objects that included plastic and glass bottles and other materials. Unfortunately people sometimes do not realize that this will have many consequences. It is not only because people will be swimming in polluted areas but also because such garbage items might at times be considered as food by various marine organisms and will thus effect the marine food chain. Plastic items for example are easily mistaken as food by certain fish and turtles! Maybe certain areas around the coast should contain specific signs which would make people more aware of their actions!



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Nesting grounds?

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

This picture shows us the beauty of our natural surroundings. this picture shows a long stretch of sand, lots of trees and the sheltering slopes in the background. This quaint, sheltered beach is a clear example of nature at its Best. Such beaches could have easily been nesting grounds for turtles which once were so common on our shores. Maybe we should really think of preserving some parts of such beaches, so as to enable turtles to reach our shores once again! We must understand that the world is not ours but it is simply lent to us to share with everyone!



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Isolation Block – Mtarfa

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

Everyday, whilst I take my dog for its stroll, I pass by the Sir David Bruce Military Hospital and its Annex, the Isolation Block at Mtarfa. This hospital once served as one of the main Hospitals for the British Royal Navy for the Mediterranean region. Currently part of this magnificent building serves as a Boys' State School. The Isolation Block, built in 1924, and situated right above Chadwick Lakes,is unfortunately in a poor state of neglect. The building has no protection against nature's elements, it has never been restored, whilst some time ago it was also set on fire,suffering considerable damage. It remained unrepaired. Currently it is home to numerous stray animals. Wild trees and bushes continue adding to the general disastrous condition, along with all sorts of rubbish. It is worth noting that MEPA scheduled the Isolation Hospital as a Grade 2 national monument in July 12, 2008.



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Don’t wake up the Crocodile!

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

Ever heard of Fungus Rock (B),also known as Il-Ġebla tal-Ġeneral, off Dwejra Point in Gozo? It is renowned for a fungus, Fungus Gaulitanus, which grows on the rock. It has medicinal qualities that were also valued by the Knights of St. John. The Knights guarded the island and anyone trying to steal the fungus was given the death penalty. Looking at the photo it is seen that the island has a cliff edge that is quite high. For this reason, the Knights devised a man-carrying hoist system between the island and the land. It was therefore possible to collect the fungus. This area is well known with divers.So, as you splash into the clear water, to Coral Cave nearby, don’t wake up the crocodile (A)!



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Green, white and white all over.

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

Malta is one of the most densely populated islands in the world. An example is the above picture in Siggiewi where fields were transformed into stretches of white buildings. We all need a home to live in but Malta is so densely populated that we nearly flushed away all the greenery on our little island. Homes, work places and so on are being built every second for our use but if we continue destroying all the trees that give us oxygen there will be no world for us to enjoy. How boring it would be if there is no greenery to enjoy during our time-off!



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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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