SMC Art Exhibition

Exhibition Poster 2015

Sick at Chadwick

Strolling the paths of Chadwick Lakes to enjoy nature, leaves you disappointed when you see the beautiful scenery ruined with the sight of rubbish discarded by irresponsible people.

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During this season, Chadwick Lakes is in its glory. The lake is full of sweet water that has seeped through the fields of the northern area of Malta after this winter’s heavy rains. The lakes overflow from one another forming spectacular waterfalls. The water keeps on moving through a winding stream. One can also find many tadpoles in the shallow area of the stream. In the area there are many big old trees which are the homes of many birds. Thanks to the water, the area surrounding the stream is covered with greenery and wild flowers.

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Unfortunately this beautiful scenery is tarnished with the sight of rubbish. There were food packets, plastic bags and carton boxes thrown in the stream. There was also an area which looked like a rubbish dumping station with a variety of junk including a computer monitor. It is very disappointing to see such a mess when we know that such materials will never decompose and disappear. They are very harmful to the ecosystems living in this habitat.

I believe that more awareness should be done about this and more enforcement against perpetrators.

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Jessica Maris Cardona

1 Coral

No interruption… Just construction

Urbanisation has increased significantly environment degradation. Not only land has been cleared of all type of vegetation to make room to our houses and building facilities but also, as clearly shown by the pictures, to be our dumping site. Stones, concrete, tiles, wood, and debris all discarded in areas which would have looked more pleasing if they were all covered in green. The area would have been an adequate place for a habitat to many organisms rather than to chairs, televisions, deck chairs or mattresses.  Enforcement laws should be made harsher and CCTV cameras should be installed in these areas, as it seems that this view is rewarding to some of us.

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Nicole Buhagiar

1 Coral

Colourful nature

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‘Forest Green’ … that’s an environmentally-friendly name for paint but not an environmental friendly product. Paint is normally used to protect or improve appearance of an object. This definitely does not apply for trees. Most paints are made up of lead chemicals which are highly toxic.  Lead, a poisonous metal, can damage nerve connections and cause blood and brain disorders.  This can also be absorbed by the plants, mainly through the roots from soil solution, and thereby may enter the food chain. Therefore, eco-friendly paint productions should be promoted, like low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints. So next time you fancy a new colour-scheme, check out green paint.

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1 Coral

Botanic Mechanic

Well… seems that some mechanics are giving their talent for botany. They are not just enthusiastic to damage it but also want to ruin it. The motorcycle in the picture, which is almost buried in grass, has been dismantled and left to flourish at the back of a residential area. This is dangerous to any trespassing individual but more problematic to the flora and fauna living in the area. Chemicals may leach from the materials the motorcycle is made up of. Moreover, the motorcycle battery contains hazardous chemicals, as clearly shown by the hazard symbols present. It is corrosive and explosive, but no one seems to care. Mechanics should be taught that batteries can easily be handed to an auto part retailer for recycling or else disposed in a battery disposal. This will safeguard our heath and also the organisms present in the surrounding area.

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Alessandro Parella

1 Coral