7-10

Bark Beetle Crisis

submitted by Independent Candidate : Luke De Bono  for 7-10
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): Facebook page, other
filed under Photos series-of-photos
awarded: Participation

Bark beetle crisis Eating all the trees Such a tragedy is this Affecting may countries High temperatures every year Let’s act before it’s too late Helping homeless deer and bear So this world will be great



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Who said it’s a 1-time plastic?

submitted by Independent Candidate : Luke De Bono  for 7-10
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): Facebook page, other
filed under campaigning-photo Photos
awarded: Finalist

Plastic Oceans International state that “50% of all plastic produced (380 million tons per year) is for single-use purposes – used for just minutes and then thrown away”. So let’s wash 1-time plastic bags and use them several times. Who said it’s a 1-time plastic?



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Save the dolphins

submitted by St Paul's Missionary College : Eli John Camilleri, Jake Demicoli, James Caruana, Waldemar Vagner Aragon  for 7-10
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): Google Classroom, other, school magazine, school media
filed under Articles
awarded: Commended, Participation

EcoMarine Malta warns of high extinction risks for dolphins due to human impact. Dolphins’ diet includes fish, squid, and shrimp; they hunt in pods. Social similarities with humans include enjoyment of companionship but face shared challenges like boat evasions. A code of conduct advises safe dolphin interactions, emphasizing respectful distance and noise reduction. Plastic pollution poses a severe threat, with many dolphins ingesting or being ensnared by plastic debris. Advocating for maritime regulation and reducing noise pollution are proposed solutions. By minimizing disruptions to their habitat and reducing plastic pollution, humans can preserve dolphins’ well-being. Maintaining a respectful distance during interactions and advocating for habitat protection are crucial steps in safeguarding these marine mammals.



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All about hedgehogs: Conservation, challenges and solutions

submitted by St Paul's Missionary College : Alexander Saliba, Claude Massa Camilleri, Dale Borg  for 7-10
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): Google Classroom, other, school magazine, school media
filed under Articles
awarded: Commended

In Malta, the Algerian hedgehog is adored for its charm and unique behaviors, yet its role in the ecosystem remains unclear. Despite their importance in maintaining ecological balance, hedgehogs face numerous threats including road fatalities, pesticide exposure, and habitat loss due to urbanization. To address these challenges, drivers must adhere to road signs and reduce speed, particularly at night when hedgehogs are active, to minimize road casualties. Policy makers can promote public education on reducing pesticide use and advocate for stricter environmental protection laws to preserve habitats. By raising awareness and implementing sustainable practices, we can safeguard hedgehog populations and ensure their presence in our ecosystems for future generations.



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Turtles need our help!!

submitted by St Paul's Missionary College : Daniel Bonello, Emerson Muscat, Kian Dimech, Raphael Scerri  for 7-10
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): Google Classroom, other, school magazine, school media
filed under Articles
awarded: Commended, Participation

The Mediterranean Sea is becoming a perilous place for its inhabitants, particularly turtles, due to plastic pollution. Every year, numerous turtles perish after being ensnared in floating nets or ingesting plastic bags, mistaking them for jellyfish. Research reveals that ingesting plastic increases their risk of death by 25%, hindering their ability to breathe and eat. Shockingly, up to 90% of young turtles in some regions have consumed plastic. Ghost nets and fishing hooks also pose threats. Solutions include beach clean-ups, proper waste disposal, and changes in fishing practices to minimize turtle entanglement. These challenges underscore the urgent need to protect marine habitats and mitigate human-induced threats. By addressing plastic pollution and adopting responsible fishing techniques, we can safeguard the future of marine life, ensuring a healthier and safer environment for all.



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The Mediterranean Monk Seal: A cry for help

submitted by St Paul's Missionary College : Ben Jones, Francesco Grech, Kayden Micallef, Liam Zack Giordimaina  for 7-10
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): Google Classroom, other, school magazine, school media
filed under Articles
awarded: Participation

The Mediterranean Monk Seal is a rare type of seal that lives in warm waters. They are called Monachus Monachus scientifically. They can live up to 45 years, but usually live around 20 to 25 years. Their main predators are killer whales and tiger sharks. They eat things like eels, sardines, and tuna. Sadly, human activities like taking over their habitat and pollution, especially from plastic, are putting them in danger. There are only about 700 left, so we need to act fast to save them. We should work together to protect not only the Mediterranean Monk Seal but also all marine life.



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Contrast

submitted by MRC NAXXAR PRIMARY : Wayne Coleiro  for 7-10
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): school media, website
filed under campaigning-photo Photos
awarded: Participation



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Rubbish

submitted by MRC NAXXAR PRIMARY : Shaya Mintoff  for 7-10
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): school media, website
filed under Photos reporting-photo
awarded: Participation

Trash can travel throughout the world`s rivers and oceans. This can harm physical habitats, human uses of river and marine life. Domestic rubbish is created by households, including food and plastic. We can help by throwing away garbage in the correct bin colour.



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Rubbish Fashion

submitted by MRC NAXXAR PRIMARY : Amber Gauci  for 7-10
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): school media, website
filed under Photos reporting-photo
awarded: Participation

Why is there rubbish there?! You can clearly see that the bin is a clothes bin. I think we are going to start wearing rubbish now! We should always separate waste and put it where it belongs. Also, rubbish must not be on the floor, the wind can carry it away and it can harm our environment!



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Littering

submitted by MRC NAXXAR PRIMARY : Amy Farrugia  for 7-10
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): school media, website
filed under Photos reporting-photo

Littering is like throwing our future for a few seconds of convenience. People are getting addicted to damaging our environment. Our earth needs saving, and we all can be part of the no litter generation. Finding trash on the ground isn’t a fun thing to see.



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