Environmental Education and Activism
Friends of the Earth Malta’s environmental education work is based on its experience in informal education on both environmental and development issues carried out over the past years. We use experiential, participatory, and leaner-focused education techniques that allow participants to build on their direct experiences, and to make links between these experiences and the complex issues at hand.
In addition to these techniques, we also employ dialogue-oriented methodologies through contact with other learners and experts, so that participants can develop content knowledge and competences.
Friends of the Earth International groups have been running a School of Sustainability project for almost a decade in South America and sub-Saharan Africa. Friends of the Earth Malta has managed to secure funding in 2014 in order to implement School of Sustainability in Malta. To date, this has involved environmental education projects that include gardening sessions with school children, teaching young people filmmaking and photography skills, and vegan cooking classes.
Friends of the Earth Malta remains an active organisation in the local environmental and social scene. Throughout recent years, the organisation has opposed several contentious development projects, such as the Għajn Tuffieħa Golf Course, the development at Żonqor Point, and the High Rise Buildings in Sliema and Mrieħel.
However, we believe that we also need to work hand-in-hand with policy makers in order to bring about positive changes that are beneficial to everyone. Friends of the Earth Malta regularly provides insights to the government about key environmental issues, such as suggesting sites for protection under the Public Domains Act, and successful pushing for a total ban of the Glyphosphate insecticide.
In addition to our advocacy work, we also support initiatives and activities initiated by other local NGOs in Malta. We have supported the ‘No’ to Spring Hunting Campaign by BirdLife Malta, as well as formed coalitions with other organisations in the face of illegal and unsustainable development.