Mother nature is not an ashtray

Cigarettes butts (discarded filters) are the most common litter worldwide. These are mostly littered on the ground. The problem is that it takes 10 to 15 years for the filter fibres to break down by the ultraviolet rays from the sun and during this time their toxic materials like chemicals and heavy metals are released. They are difficult to clean up and also such process is costly. Cigarettes butts are poisonous to living organisms when ingested like fish and children. Another problem is that if the cigarette is still lit and tossed in a bush, the bush will probably catch fire. There are many precautions that can prevent these problems like portable ashtrays or ashtray stands near a bus stop or public places. Harsher fines can be given to people who litter cigarette waste outside.

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Erika Esposito

4 Coral

Cigarettes butts (discarded filters) are the most common litter worldwide. These are mostly littered on the ground. The problem is that it takes 10 to 15 years for the filter fibres to break down by the ultraviolet rays from the sun and during this time their toxic materials like chemicals and heavy metals are released. They are difficult to clean up and also such process is costly. Cigarettes butts are poisonous to living organisms when ingested like fish and children. Another problem is that if the cigarette is still lit and tossed in a bush, the bush will probably catch fire. There are many precautions that can prevent these problems like portable ashtrays or ashtray stands near a bus stop or public places. Harsher fines can be given to people who litter cigarette waste outside.

The Elephant Toothpaste Experiment

Click on the following link to view a video done by Alessandro Parella Form 1 Coral on the elephant toothpaste experiement

Elephant toothpaste

Panto

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Sindy Rella - Panto 2013

This year’s Panto is available on DVD.  You can book yours by sending us an email on pantozejtun@gmail.com or contacting Mr S. Scerri or Ms B. Fenech at school.

Have a look here.

Erupting Volcano

Alessandro Parrella from 1 Coral has performed the experiment of the erupting volcano at home.

This was done by mixing baking soda and vinegar.

Click on the following link to view the video

Erupting Volcano

A letter to the Prime Minister

A letter to the Prime Minister discussing how to reduce habitat loss and why it is important to conserve the environment.

Honourable Prime Minister,

Studies show that wild-life species are disappearing faster than ever before in earth’s history, while the average global temperature is dangerously rising. The glaciers are melting, extreme weather events are becoming more common and if we do not start taking better care of the environment, we are risking an unprecedented climate change which may threaten the very existence of life as we know it today on a global scale. Although the planet’s climate is known to go through cycles and to change dramatically in the past as well, the climate change we are already witnessing is primarily a result of human activities.

Thus conserving the environment and reversing the the threatening climate change affects the entire world. The first important step in preserving habitats is to identify the different species of animals that live there. So, local residence as well as the Government can take them into account and hopefully minimise the impacts upon them. Useful information should be given to the inhabitants to educate about the animal’s existence so that they would not pollute the area and damage wildlife and habitat.

Before building a property the Government should learn about the natural habitat that may be impacted. Studies should be carried out prior to the development and modifications should be carried out in order to better protect sensitive ecosystem.

The Government should also plant native vegetation in villages around Malta since it provides habitat for native animals. Another thing the Government should do is to encourage the protection of more Greenland. Certain areas should be considered as protected areas so that they are managed well and resident animals and plant species would be safe.

Although in Malta habitat conservation has been given importance, the protection of marine habitats has not always been taken seriously. Since Malta is an island, the sea is vital to us. Perhaps the Government should include marine protected areas: marine sites such as sanctuaries to protect habitats and to restore the health of marine ecosystems.

In my opinion, if all Maltese citizens had to work together, we could help conserve our natural habitat.

Regards,

Nicole Buhagiar

1Coral