5 New Year Resolutions you could make

Spend more time in open spaces

Whether you decide to go for a walk, have a picnic or observe migrating birds and animals in their natural habitat, spending more time in green patches will greatly improve your mental health and also help you appreciate the beauty of the natural world.

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Exercise more often

Engaging in any form of exercise does not only help to cut some extra weight you’ve gained in the holiday season, but also helps control stress due to the release of endorphins.

 

 

Travel less by car

Leaving the car at the garage will reduce your carbon footprint while often saving you money. In case, you opt for cycling your way, you get the benefit of some extra exercise as well.

 

Eat less meat

Animal agriculture produces 18% of greenhouse gases, it is one of the key activities causing climate change, not to mention the poor conditions in factory farms. You do not have to become vegan, but taking meatless Mondays and trying to cut down on animal products would render your lifestyle more sustainable and your body might thank you.

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Give something back

While we believe that social justice is more dignifying than charity, there will always be some instances where a helping hand would be welcome. You may help out at a local community center, turn up for a cleanup or raise awareness about social and environmental cause you deeply care about. And you may always join ADŻ and support us with our vision for a fair and sustainable Malta.

 

Daniel Desira – ADŻ Public Relations Officer

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The situation in Aleppo

In the light of recent turn of events in Aleppo, whereby the Syrian government is murdering civilians, the actions of both Assad’s dictatorship with Russia and Iran’s backing and the rebel forces are to be condemned. The international community should be doing more to restore peace.

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In this image made from video and posted online from Validated UGC, a man carries a child after airstrikes hit Aleppo, Syria, Thursday, April 28, 2016. A Syrian monitoring group and a first-responders team say new airstrikes on the rebel-held part of the contested city of Aleppo have killed over a dozen people and brought down at least one residential building. The new violence on Thursday brings the death toll in the past 24-hours in the deeply divided city to at least 61 killed. (Validated UGC via AP video)

What has been happening in Syria during the last months has led many civilians to flee and seek refuge in other countries, thus fuelling the influx of refugees in the Mediterranean, whereby not all make it.

There are several ways in which the EU can help safeguard the lives of civilians in Aleppo and elsewhere:

  1. Sanction arms trade by Member States.
  2. Stop any trade with Iran and Russia.
  3. Send appropriate humanitarian aid to Aleppo.
  4. Open the borders while making sure that all member states contribute to the refugee crisis depending on their economic and geological factors. Refugees’ well-being and right to a fulfilling life and the principles of burden sharing and free movement should be adhered to.

Moreover, there shouldn’t be more intervention. The USA and UK’s decision to bomb Syria has resulted in nothing but the death of more innocent civilians and the recruitment of more terrorists by extremist groups. An attack on Assad may serve as empowerment to the rebels hence act more of a disruption to the path to peace.

Daniel Desira – ADZ Public Relations Officer

Jum ir-Repubblika

Illum id-data hija 13 ta’ Diċembru 2016 – 42 sena ilu, Malta ġiet iddikkjarata bħala Repubblika. Għal ħafna dan il-jum ifisser biss ġurnata bla xogħol jew bla skola, għax sempliċiment hija festa pubblika. Pero, għalkemm it-tifsira ta’ dan il-jum tant importanti forsi ntilef għal ħafna, huwa importanti li nibqgħu nfakkruh, u min nesa issa jiftakar u jirrikonoxxi.

Wara li Malta ħadet l-Indipendenza mir-Renju Unit fil-21 ta’ Settembru 1964, il-poplu Malti ħa ddritt li jiggverna għal rasu, iżda ħass li kien ħaqqu jinqata’ darba għal dejjem mill-Imperu, u Malta ssir Repubblika. Taħt il-Gvern Laburista ta’ Dom Mintoff, bħal-lum fl-1974, Malta ġiet iddikkjarata bħala Repubblika. Iżda din xi tfisser għal pajjiżna?

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Sal-Indipendenza, Malta kienet kolonja. Wara l-Indipendenza, Malta saret stat indipendenti birReġina tal-Ingilterra bħala Kap tal-Istat ta’ Malta. Meta fl-1974, fil-Kamra tad-Deputati ġew ippreżentati numru ta’ emendi lill-Kostituzzjoni, fosthom li Malta ssir Repubblika, il-Membri Parlamentari b’maġġoranza kbira approvawhom, u fl-aħħar, Malta ħelset mill-Imperu Ingliż darba għal dejjem. Il-Kap tal-Istat dakinhar inbidel, u flok ir-Reġina tar-Renju Unit, ġie maħtur is-Sur Anthony Mamo bħala l-ewwel President tar-Repubblika ta’ Malta, filwaqt li Dom Mintoff kien lewwel Prim Ministru tar-Repubblika ta’ Malta.

Din il-festa għandha tifsira kbira għall-istorja politika Maltija, u tal-poplu Malti kollu. Il-poplu Malti wera u għandu responsabbiltà kbira li jkompli juri lid-dinja li vera kiber, u sar nazzjon.

Glen Spiteri – ADŻ Malta Green Youth Spokesperson

A Taste of COP

I have recently participated in Alter COP22, an event parallel to COP22 (Conference of the Parties) organised by the Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG) with the aim of giving a better perspective of what’s happening at the negotiations. The event was held during the last week of COP (13th to 19th November) in Marrakesh.

To start with, this edition of COP has focused on the implementation of the Paris agreement (COP21), with the following targets for 2018:

  1. A rulebook for implementation of the Paris Agreement by 2018
  2. National climate action plans to help countries achieve the target of less than 2⁰C global warming by 2050
  3. Who will make up for climate funding and how.

The possible consequence of Trump’s election has been raised in several discussions throughout the weekend. Despite Trump being virtually unable to withdraw from the Paris agreement in his first and hopefully last presidency, the agreement has lost a key leader. Europe should take back the lead if we are to meet our target. On a more positive note, China’s emissions have now stabilised.

15046891_1233465760051724_2378866111899762688_nAnother interesting note is that developing countries are investing more in renewables. It’s up to developed countries to do the same while funding developing countries’ mitigation and adaptation plans. It was also nice to see what civil society activists from the global south had to say – while investment in renewables is good news, the illegal occupation of Western Sahara is not. For this reason, global south natives should be included in the negotiations. Shockingly, the Moroccan regime has jailed poor people on the streets prior to hosting COP22. Moreover, as Europeans we should seek not to create a new debt with the global south, through trade deals like CETA and TTIP that would allow for the transportation of fossil fuels even if governments take sensible action.

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On Thursday 17th, we have performed an action in front of the COP22 Green Zone, in order to highlight the greenwashing at COP, especially with the influence big polluters like Shell and BP still enjoy, and the need for funds necessary for developing countries.

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The negotiations have made some progress with $100 billion to be provided to developing countries and increased focus on adaptation. However, big polluters need to be kicked out or encouraged to become cleaner, human rights infringements in the global south in the name of clean energy need to be addressed, the aviation industry’s emissions should be regulated and Europe should regain its lead.

Daniel Desira – ADZ Public Relations Officer