Reduce waste including plastic – find alternative sources (Eg: Buying a reusable bottle; using meshbags for the vegetables etc). Other small actions can go a long way – turning off the lights when leaving a room and taking your left overs back home when eating out (most restaurants would be happy to help).
Learn to disconnect
Try to spend less time online. Do not reply to emails from work when at home unless you absolutely have to. You’ll be amazed how much more time you’ll be able to spend with your special someone, your family and friends.
Leave the car in the garage
Travel less by car and catch the bus, car-pool or even better get on that bicycle! Both the planet and your body will thank you for that.
Take more care of your online privacy
Make sure that your information on social media is restricted at the desirable privacy level. Also take a minute or two to check what hardware and information will be used by an app before installing it on your device.
Exercise more often
Exercising releases a dose of endorphins which while do not do away with all your problems, definitely help you to feel better throughout the day. Whether it’s a jog or bike ride in the park or lifting weights, it will boast both your physical and mental health.
Bonus – Give something back
Whether you offer your help to people whom you encounter on everyday life, or you engage in broad civic action in your community, you will make a difference in someone’s life. Lastly, our political activism is aimed at a social and ecological transformation of Malta, so why not join us?
Ftit ilu erġajna smajna dwar kunċett ta’ CCTVs madwar Paceville integrat ma` facial recognition software minn Safe City. Bħal ma qal ir-rapporteur tal-UNHCR, nemmen li din hija mizura eċċessiva, fejn ir-riskji fuq il-privatezza tan-nies huma wisq meta imqabbla mas-sigurta` li dan jista` jgib. Barra minn hekk, jekk progett bħal dan jigi implimentat, il-processi kollha fuq l-informazzjoni għandhom ikunu kompletament trasparenti.
Daniel Desira – ADZ Public Relations Officer
Il-Ġimgħa li għadda jimmarka l-Jum Internazzjonali għall-Interns. B’dispjaċir ngħid li dan il-jum ma tantx jagħtina x’niċċelebraw. 3 kwarti tal-interns jaħdmu mingħajr paga jew b’paga baxxa hafna. Din is-sitwazzjoni tgħodd ukoll għal pajjiżna.
Huwa tajjeb li l-apprentisti tal-MCAST se jibdew jaqilgħu paga minima, pero l-apprentistat m’huwiex limitat biss għall-MCAST. Jeħtieg ligijiet li japplikaw għal programmi tal-privat, kif ukoll li nibdew nitkellmu dwar dħul bażiku li jassigura livell t’għajxien tajjeb għal kulħadd speċjalment għaż-żgħażagħ.
Daniel Desira – ADZ Public Relations Officer
Huwa tajjeb li l-ERA oġġezzjonat għall-bini ta’ kumpless kumerċjali qrib il-family park ta’ Marsaskala. Dan sar minħabba li dan l-izvilupp hu pjanat li jsir fuq barriera f’art ODZ.
Ħafna rħula ta’ Malta, illum huma mibnijin wisq, waqt li kumplessi fuq il-periferija ma jgħinux wisq biex nippreservaw l-ambjent naturali u jonqos it-traffiku. Għalhekk ikun tajjeb li kieku l-awtorita` tirrifjuta permessi anka f’każijiet simili.
Daniel Desira – ADŻ Public Relations Officer
Live from Liverpool: Danika Formosa, Marc’Andrea Cassar and Anne Marie Azzopardi together with the Green Party leader, Arnold Cassola, are currently attending the Greens Congress which is being held in Liverpool. They are representing Alternattiva Demokratika, Alternattiva Demokratika Zghazagh as well as Fondazzjoni Ceratonia.
This is a large-scale event which brings together representatives from over 90 countries around the world for a joint green congress. Many green movements such as the European Green Party (EGP), the Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG), the Global Greens and Global Young Greens (GYG), together with many organisations from all around the globe are involved and brought together to discuss a vast array of topics, such as migration, human rights and climate change.
During the Congress, the Maltese Delegation will be voting on amendments, structures and policy papers by the European Green Party, the Global Greens and the Global Young Greens.
Earlier today, delegates and young activists joined the Maltese Young Greens in support towards the Manoel Island proposals. They stood together with a banner stating ‘Manoel Island National Park’ as the team explained the issues we are facing. Alternattiva Demokratika insists that the breach of contract which granted the island to MIDI should lead to the land being taken back by the state and become a national park.
It has been a great event so far. We were given a great opportunity to meet great people around the world, share experiences and good practices.
International Secretary – AD/ADZ
Project Co-ordinator – Ceratonia Foundation
Last Monday marked an important day in the history of planning and development in Malta. I am talking about the Planning Authority’s decision to refuse a development application in Mosta, which would have taken up a massive stretch of land. The development would have required over 38,000 square metres of land, which is a substantial amount, considering the limited land are we have in Malta.
It is vital that for all massive developments, such as the one turned down yesterday, a sustainable development approach is taken into consideration. This means taking into consideration all the social, economic and environmental impacts.
Currently we’ve already urbanised over a third of our country. Unless we plan and take decisions in a responsible way, that is sustainably, we will suffer substantial consequences in the near future. It seems sometimes that we forget about our limited land area we have in Malta. The Maltese Islands together only comprise some 316 square kilometres. For this reason it is of utmost importance that decisions are taken based on the common good and not entirely on an economic basis. Only then can we achieve a sustainable level of planning, which will also significantly contribute positively to our quality of life.
Pascal Aloisio – ADŻ Malta Green Youth Publications Officer
Following this week’s fall, there is a major lesson to be learnt. Nature’s decisions are final. No matter what we do, it will have and find its own way to come over.
Some people were suggesting along the way that the Azure window should have been supported. How this would have been possible is beyond me. I am not a geologist, so I have no idea what could have been done. Maybe iron or cement. A solution which might have eventually been overtaken by nature, to have iron or cement left over to erode at the bottom of the sea.
The way things happened, the personified Azure Window’s life cycle ended naturally. Nature gives and nature takes. At the end of the day, we glorified this piece of rock, owned it, and turned it into our own… not realising that we cannot control it.
In HG Well’s Time Machine, the protagonist travels ahead billions of years in the future, and in a restored world, he still finds traces of our old technology, being engulfed by the natural process. An initial process to this can be seen among the leftovers of Chernobyl, and other similar abandoned sites.
In other words, nature will have its own ways of destroying and gaining back what we took away. But it will take a long time to do it. We spend less than a century in this world. We should not destroy nature in favour of buildings and skyscrapers. The amount of work taken to gain back the land and nature destroyed is too long for our lifetimes to enjoy it. We should stop destroying the natural world in favour of pieces of rock.
We should be heartbroken over what is pristine and ours. We should learn to love what is left, and cry over it the same way we cried over the Azure Window
Anna Azzopardi – ADŻ General Secretary
Last week the ADZ Green Youth (Alternattiva Demokratika Żgħażagħ) staged a silent protest in front of parliament as investigations by the European Parliament’s PANA Committee where underway. The European Parliament’s PANA Committee is investigating the practice of tax theft and tax avoidance and the practice of hiding away money in secretive jurisdictions such as Panama. The PANA committee is visiting various EU countries in its investigation.
Multinationals and millionaires not paying their fair share of taxes means that essential public services are paid for by all other taxpayers: workers, employees, small businesses and families, Those who make the most profits manage to avoid taxes and in doing so fail to support public services in the same countries in which they do business.
During the protest the youths wore masks with Minister Konrad Mizzi’s face with the Panamanian flag printed over it. They held slogans such as ‘Workers pay, millionaires steal’. Green MEP Sven Giegold joined AD Chairperson Prof. Arnold Cassola and greeted the protesters before proceeding to Parliament for the PANA committee meeting with Konrad Mizzi.
Later that evening MEP Sven Giegold joined AD and ADZ officials for a press dinner in which he gave an extensive account of the PANA committee’s meetings in Malta.
With regards to Projects Malta’s plans of turning Marsaskala’s public garden into a parking area, we believe that this will negatively impact the residents’ quality of life.
Over the years, Marsaskala has grown while eating away open spaces making the locality
lose its original character.
As a summer resident, I can tell you that the public garden is a vital spot for the urban
environment. It’s a place where people may sit down in the shade of the trees, where
children may play and where sparrows roost in the tamarisk trees.
It was refreshing to see that the local council has unanimously voted against the proposal.
However, it is expected that councillors stay consistent on other issues such as Sadeen’s
University at Żonqor.
Daniel Desira – ADŻ Public Relations Officer
Let us all admit that money is important. Sure it doesn’t solve all problems but it makes life easier; our monthly bills, fuel, internet, it affects our social life, travel and even opening new businesses and opportunities and investments involve money. What I am going to focus on is the latter and what a government, in an ideal situation can do to help youth rising up to opening new businesses and other similar opportunities.
First and foremost is cliché alert – education: we need to equip our youth for the battle of a lifetime – adulthood. We can only do that if we provide the necessary training and initiatives for youth to embark on investing in themselves and businesses. Courses, incentives, and scholarship are the package the government can offer to train the young. MCAST has in recent years tried to address such needs and has in fact enabled entrepreneurs and career seekers to thrive. We feel that the government should continue to invest accordingly to enable places like MCAST to continue to invest and adapt courses to an ever changing and growing national economy. The University of Malta and other institutions of higher education should continue to invest in their academic portfolio to also be equipped for a modern economy, in parallel with the efforts of the MCAST polytechnic.
Secondly, allow the opportunities to thrive – less paperwork to open a businesses, allow easy access to education (especially for employees who want to further their studies), latch on to economic opportunities such as the film and the gaming sector. Policies favouring reuse of existing buildings, financial incentives for green commercial enterprises such as those favouring renewable energy technologies; alternative modes of transport and better employment conditions.
And equally, we need good governance – we need to spread the message to our citizens that their future income and livelihoods will not be at stake, that the state will be investing in ‘you’; that hard work pays off and that economic growth will benefit most of us.
Our bread and butter is at stake unless the government will allow us to prosper sensibly. A small country like Malta can act as a model for other countries and should be able to show the world how much it can achieve, despite our limited resources.
Nizar Hingary – ADŻ Malta Green Youth Treasurer