Climate Change

Help us take action against climate change…

Climate change is one of the biggest threats facing our planet. Burning coal, oil and gas, but also intensive agriculture or cutting forests pollute the atmosphere with greenhouse gases that heat up the planet.

The good news is that all we need to save the climate is in our hands.

 

 

Friends of the Earth, Malta seeks to influence government to make changes in policies in favour of people and planet
Our next challenge is to lobby the Maltese government to commit to renewable energy and energy efficiency as a tangible means not only to meet Malta’s international emission targets but to ensure a healthier planet and a better way of life for future generations
 
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During the third week of September, many EU countries celebrate the European Mobility week. During this week, people are encouraged to be “in town without my car” as the initiative’s motto says. Since 2002 this event has been growing from strength to strength and this year, no less then 2000 towns and cities across Europe will be organising various events and initiatives.carfreeday

The European Mobility Award is one award Malta will definitely not be rewarded. This award is given to 10 towns and cities that come up with the most original event during this week. Unfortunately a few events had been organised in Malta during the first couple of years since this initiative started, but no events have been organised locally ever since.


Local and European citizens are very worried about pollution and urban mobility. In many of our polluted towns and cities, people complain of a poor quality of life. Exhaust fumes from old cars and busses, traffic jams and noise pollution all affect our quality of life. And yet, the numbers of cars on the Maltese roads keep on increasing.

It has now been many years since two local doctors published their research showing that the residents of Fgura have the highest level of respiratory problems amongst all the towns and cities studied worldwide. These health problems are very likely to be related to motor vehicle and power station emissions, yet very little has been done since then to reduce the number of cars from our towns.

That is why the overall aim of the European Mobility Week campaign is to encourage public awareness of the need to act against pollution caused by the increase in motorised traffic in the urban environment. In fact, it is not just a question of fighting atmospheric pollution or noise but also of improving the quality of urban life.

Although no official events are being organised, this should not discourage individuals from taking actions. Ditch your car for a day.  Consider alternatives to driving, especially for journeys under two Kilometres. Walking or cycling is not only better for the environment; it's better for your health and pocket. Consider the reduction in traffic, pollution and your petrol bill. If you have to use a car to get to work, organise a car-share with your workmates.

It is surely no big sacrifice to bus it for a day. After all, why stress yourself out about traffic, the price of petrol and getting lost when you can enjoy a journey on public transport, watching the scenery or catching up on reading or paperwork.

And if you really cannot get hooked off from your car, than at least you are asked to drive safely and efficiently. For example, by cutting your average speed by 10Km/hr burns up to 30% less petrol. Avoid unnecessary sudden acceleration and braking - this only increases fuel consumption and wears out your car’s engine. Driving efficiently and sensibly not only saves money and the environment, it saves lives.

Ten years after the Rio Earth Summit, nations are still grappling with the implementation of Local Agenda 21 possibly because not enough attention was focused on the development of the human dimension, i.e., creating enough consensus, developing the necessary skills and promoting participation in decision-making fora to sustain the initiative.

The three-year project Community Centres promoting Sustainable Lifestyles aims to initiate, in partner countries, Community Centres that bring together the synergistic efforts and resources of formal educational institutions, NGOs, local councils and adults to promote sustainable living particularly in marginalized and disadvantaged communities. This will be achieved by exploring specific community needs and by helping community members to design programmes that respond to these requirements.CommunityCentres

The project will initially establish a common research language and define criteria for action by gathering research literature, examples of good practice and field data. During the experimental stage, when pilot Community Centres will be set up, a concurrent formative project evaluation exercise will be launched. The project will document the experiences gathered, relate them within a European context and widely disseminate guidelines and training manuals for the setting up of similar Communities Centres in other countries in the region providing a sound basis for a Grundtvig 4 network.

The Community Centres Project has thirteen partners from around Europe. All Partners are working to promote Sustainable lifestyles within their communities.The project in Malta run by FoE Malta and Dar Tereza Spinelli is one among the thirteen patrners. The thirteen partners are all coordinated by the University of Malta, that proposed the project.

Download the Brochure or Visit Community Centres Project's main website to get to know more about this project.

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