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Significant win in the fight against the db Group project on the ITS site

Significant win in the fight against the db Group project on the ITS site

Today’s decision of the Environment and Planning Review Tribunal is a significant win in the fight against the monstrous db Group project on the ITS site. Whilst we express our disappointment with the Tribunal’s decision to uphold the permit given by the Planning Authority (PA), we positively note that this permit will, for now, remain suspended, meaning that works cannot start. In order for the permit to become executable, the db Group will have to considerably change their plans and submit them to the Tribunal. The Tribunal ordered a reduction of approximately three floors in the building-heights of both the...

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Updated: Communities come together to request urgent Corinthia debate

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 drawing board.   Communities come together to request urgent Corinthia debate A large number of NGOs, residents’ groups and three Local Councils have written (email attached) to the Honourable Alexander Muscat, Chairman of the Environment and Development Planning Committee, requesting an urgent meeting of...

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The white flag scheme saga

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 now, the problem of plastic waste pollution will continue. It will wash up on all beaches no matter how many people are employed to clean the beach before anyone else can see it.   We believe that government should work and support established NGOs who...

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EU agrees unprecedented cuts to single-use plastics

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, but does not fully address the urgency of the plastics crisis. The EU deserves praise for being the first region to introduce new laws to reduce single-use plastics and slash plastic pollution in our fields, rivers and oceans. Citizens across Europe want to see an...

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ITS appeal filed, thanks to public support

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 possible thanks to public support. A total of €24,350 was donated by the public during a fundraising campaign that started on the 7th October. The €15,000 target was reached in the first four days of this campaign. Donations towards this campaign are still being accepted for...

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Farmers, consumers and activists come together across Europe to call for urgent change of food and farming

Farmers, consumers and activists come together across Europe to call for urgent change of food and farming

Join us to push for good food & good farming at Ta’Qali farmers’ market on the 27th of October This October Friends of the Earth Malta with our partners all over Europe, invite people to raise their voices to ensure that policies support farmers, the environment and climate-friendly agriculture that is tied into local economies over global food chains. Every single day thousands of local farmers are working hard to produce wonderful, healthy, refreshing food for our plates. We need to save this. All across Europe, citizens are standing up for Good Food & Good Farming. We will be at...

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UN climate report shows Europe must kick fossil fuel addiction

UN climate report shows Europe must kick fossil fuel addiction

The fossil fuel age has to end: that’s the message of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. To have any chance of avoiding the chaos, droughts and rising tides of 1.5 degrees or more of global warming, we must massively and speedily transform our society to kick our fossil fuel addiction. The EU must do its fair share, beginning with completely stopping funding for fossil fuels and switching to 100% renewables by 2030. Currently Europe is far off track and Malta sits at the very top of the list when it comes to an increase in carbon emissions in...

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Fundraising for legal action against the db Group project

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 Environment and Planning Review Tribunal (EPRT). As there are high costs involved, this will only be possible with the public’s financial support. Local Councils and NGOs will cover part of the procedural and professional fees. However, this is not enough to cover all expenses. Thus,...

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Press Conference: Proposed ITS development does not respect people and the environment

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 “Tidfnuniex Ħajjin!” biex iqajmu kuxjenza fuq l-impatt diżastruż li se jkollu dan il-proġett, jekk isir, fuq ir-residenti u l-ambjent, u jaħdmu biex ma jiġix approvat. Nirringrazzjaw mill-qalb lil dawk kollha li ħadmu magħna u taw l-appoġġ tagħhom lil din il-kampanja. In-nies qamu għax eluf ta’...

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Reduction of single-use plastic paramount to tackling plastic pollution

Reduction of single-use plastic paramount to tackling plastic pollution

FoE Malta submits recommendations on single use plastics Friends of the Earth Malta (FoE Malta) welcomes the publication of the Proposal for a Directive on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment by the European Commission. It is designed to prevent and reduce the impact of certain plastic products on the environment, in particular the marine environment, and sets a number of different policy measures to tackle these problematic single-use products, from bans and reduction efforts, to labelling and extended producer responsibility schemes. However, FoE Malta believes that there is room for improvement and has...

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FoE Malta proposes a more comprehensive Beverage Container Refund Scheme

FoE Malta proposes a more comprehensive Beverage Container Refund Scheme

Friends of the Earth Malta (FoE Malta) supports the introduction of the Beverage Container Refund Scheme (BCRS) that the Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change has proposed. FoE Malta is pleased that a deposit scheme will be implemented by the end of 2019. This is a step in the right direction to both tackle the low recycling rates and also the issue with littering that is still widespread. FoE Malta has submitted recommendation to make the scheme more effective.  We believe that it is important to make the BCRS more comprehensive and extending it to other packaging...

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Direct action to stop tree cutting

Direct action to stop tree cutting

The senseless destruction of the environment in the name of development is a growing problem which needs to be addressed. In the wake of the uprooting of hundreds of trees all over Malta, the need to take action is now being felt stronger than ever. We are calling for anyone who is interested in joining us to participate in direct actions aimed at effectively stopping trees from being cut down. Whoever is interested can send their name, surname, e-mail address, link to Facebook profile (if any), and mobile number to info@kampemergenzaambjent.org. The organisations supporting this initiative are: Moviment Graffitti, Kamp...

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