Age Group: 15-18

Article 15-18 yrs 1st place National Winner: Are there pockets in a shroud?

submitted by San Anton School : Georgie Zahra, Nicholas Attard  for Age Group: 15-18
dissemination(s): school media
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Ramla Valley is one of the most fertile areas in the North of Gozo. Feeding this valley is a fresh water stream that has irrigated the terraced fields for centuries. On top of this valley an area, of once unspoilt beauty has been ravaged to build a cemetery for the nearby village of Nadur. This monstrosity is negatively affecting the environment both visually and also affecting the fresh water stream that feeds the fertile land below. Ironically the permit for this structure was given the go-ahead on World Environment Day. The farmers working this land did not leave one stone unturned to lay bare all the irregularities that took place- both regarding the permit and in the construction of the graves. A group of young environmentalists crossed the channel to meet the farmer representng the rest of the farmers, and discover first hand what is actually going on.



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Article 15-18 yrs 1st place National Winner: Geographical Investigation contributes to reduction of School’s Carbon Footprint

submitted by St. Margaret College Boys Secondary Verdala : Vassallo Hertian  for Age Group: 15-18
dissemination(s): newspaper, Presentation seminar 'Water..we cannot do without' organised as Follow Up for Global Education Week 2011; DVD Global Education Week 2011 for participating schools and GEW European network; Annual DVD , school magazine
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During this scholastic year we, a group of students interested in Geography, carried out a water audit at school and thanks to our investigation the system of using the second class water of the main reservoir for secondary uses has during the last week of March 2012 started functioning. Before major restructuring works were carried out at our school the GeoClub members of 2006 presented this suggestion but the system was never connected.



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Article 15-18 yrs 3rd place National Winner: The Malicious Monster

submitted by Junior College : Rebecca Mercieca  for Age Group: 15-18
dissemination(s): other, This is the first time I am reporting it.
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I have investigated an incident which happened in the Month of March 2012 at the Pembroke Rocky Coast.



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Kindly pick those cartridges ‘skrataċ’… to put a stop to the poisoning of the soils and water aquifer at the Park tal-Majjistral!

submitted by St. Margaret College Boys Secondary Verdala : Mangion Dalton, Mentosa Mattia  for Age Group: 15-18
dissemination(s): Display during parents day. Presentation in front of students of other schools. Info sent to guide who took us around the park., school magazine
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We aim to make the hunters conscious of what they are doing, probably unintentionally. We want them to know that if they leave behind their cartridges ‘skrataċ’ they are contaminating the soils and water aquifer with lead and plastic and we don’t want to let this happen any longer!



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Whatever Will Be, Will Be

submitted by St. Margaret College Boys Secondary Verdala : Jorgè Grech, Michael Mifsud, Nathan Povo, Nigel Mercieca  for Age Group: 15-18
dissemination(s): other, School's FaceBook Page, school magazine, school media, website
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When I was just a little seed I asked Mother Nature, what will I be? Will I have flowers? Will I bear fruit? Here's what she said to me:   Que Sera, Sera, Whatever will be, will be The future's not good for me Que Sera, Sera The environment’s not doing fine, you see.   When I sprouted, I grew leaves I asked Mother Nature what lies ahead Will I have flowers, year after year? Here's what Mother Nature said:   Que Sera, Sera,…   Now I have seeds of my own They ask their mother, what will I be? Will I be cut? Will I be chopped? I tell them tearfully:   Que Sera, Sera, Whatever will be, will be Unless you do something for me Que Sera, Sera The environment’s not doing fine, as you can see…



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Human Interference to the Environment

submitted by St Thomas More College Girls Sec Sta Lucia : Sharon Mangion  for Age Group: 15-18
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It was a beautiful afternoon, the few clouds in the sky were a fluffy white and the breeze was refreshingly cool as we made our way to Buskett. One of the greatest problems that the world is facing today is that of environmental pollution, increasing with every passing year and causing irreparable damage to the earth.Upon our arrival we were left speechless with the major human interference to the trees’ habitat which as the years go by they provide the perfect homes for thousands of species of plants and animals. Another trace of human interference is the pollution made by humans, as computer parts and several other wastes were thrown in this habitat.



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