Category: Resource use

‘I’m not a prophet, but we need to make the case.’
February 6, 2019February 6, 2019
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‘I’m not a prophet, but we need to make the case.’

Interview with Perit Ruben Abela from Wirt iż-Żejtun How often do you check the news only to read headlines which tell a story of environmental and cultural destruction? The endless widening of roads, petrol stations being built on virgin land and centuries old buildings being replaced by monstrous apartment blocks. In the early months of...

Updated: Communities come together to request urgent Corinthia debate
January 23, 2019February 8, 2019
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Updated: Communities come together to request urgent Corinthia debate

Update (08/02/2019) : Following the Environment and Development Planning Committee as requested by NGOs, residents’ groups and three Local Councils the draft deal to hand over hundreds of thousands of square metres of land to the Corinthia Group to develop into a six-star hotel, apartments and retail space in St Julian’s has been sent back to...

The white flag scheme saga
January 8, 2019January 10, 2019
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The white flag scheme saga

Without getting into the merits of whether the white flag scheme was a fraud or not, FoE Malta believes that such initiatives are cosmetic “solutions” which sweep the underlying problem of plastic waste under a carpet. For as long as plastic, especially single use plastic, continues to be used and disposed of as it is...

EU agrees unprecedented cuts to single-use plastics
December 19, 2018December 19, 2018
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EU agrees unprecedented cuts to single-use plastics

However reduction targets missing and collection targets delayed Friends of the Earth Malta (FoE Malta) welcomes the EU’s finalised new laws to reduce single-use plastics. After months of intense negotiations, the EU has agreed much-anticipated laws to slash single-use plastics in the EU. The agreed text is a significant step forward in tackling plastic pollution,...

Repair Café: a returning event at our Green Resource Centre
December 3, 2018December 13, 2018
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Repair Café: a returning event at our Green Resource Centre

During the European Week for Waste Reduction, we organised a Repair Café at our newly opened Julian Manduca Green Resource Centre in Floriana. A repair café is a community space where anyone is welcome to learn how to fix broken household goods, a place where you can find the tools, materials and know-how to get...

ITS appeal filed, thanks to public support
November 2, 2018November 2, 2018
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ITS appeal filed, thanks to public support

An appeal has been filed with the Environment and Planning Review Tribunal (EPRT) against the decision of the PA Board that recently approved the db Group project on the ITS site in Pembroke. The seventeen appellants include residents, NGOs and three local councils – Pembroke, St. Julian’s and Swieqi. Filing this appeal was only made...

Where there is resistance, there is hope
October 8, 2018October 14, 2018
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Where there is resistance, there is hope

Interview with Andre Callus activist from Moviment Graffitti The videos of activists from Moviment Graffitti being forcefully dragged out by the Rapid Intervention Unit during a non-violent protest last month felt surreal. Images of force being used against protesters usually hail from some far away country. While Maltese activists have faced violence in the past,...

Fundraising for legal action against the db Group project
October 7, 2018October 9, 2018
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Fundraising for legal action against the db Group project

Following approval by the Planning Authority (PA) of the db Group project on the ITS site, residents, eight NGOs and three Local Councils – Pembroke, St. Julian’s and Swieqi – want to undertake legal action to challenge the appalling decision of the PA. Legal actions include, but are not limited to, an appeal with the...

Press Conference: Proposed ITS development does not respect people and the environment
September 19, 2018September 19, 2018
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Press Conference: Proposed ITS development does not respect people and the environment

(english version below) Ninsabu hawn illum għal din l-aħħar konferenza stampa qabel il-Bord tal-Awtorità tal-Ippjanar jiddeċiedi jekk jagħtix il-permess lid-db Group biex jagħmel il-proġett tiegħu fuq is-sit fejn sa ftit ilu kien hemm l-ITS. Minn Frar li għadda, ir-residenti ta’ Pembroke, bl-għajnuna tal-għaqdiet u bl-involviment tal-Kunsilli Lokali ta’ Pembroke, San Ġiljan u s-Swieqi, mexxew il-kampanja...

The Great Fire of Magħtab: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
September 5, 2018September 5, 2018
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The Great Fire of Magħtab: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

The spark that set off the 31st August Magħtab fire which blanketed the whole island was lit decades ago. This article was first published as part of the Isles of the Left‘s environment section  Very few might imagine that what is currently referred to as Mount Magħtab was originally a valley. Truckloads of unseparated waste tipped their...