Society

Smartphones Addiction and the EU Digital Delusion

Personal digital devices are likely to impact our mental and physical health. It is the ICT industry that is pushing digital technology. Digital is neither green nor nature friendly. It has a carbon footprint equivalent to that of the aviation industry. Smartphones have also made a huge waste management problem worse. It is extraordinary that […]

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Poverty eradication and environmental degradation

The eradication of poverty has been on the international agenda for many decades and yet, although some progress has been made, the problem persists with the gap between the world’s rich and poor widening at an alarming rate. The UN Development and Environment Programmes jointly launched the Poverty-Environment Initiative in 2005 to help countries integrate […]

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Mature Trees are much more than just wood

We have a deep bond with mature trees, as with the entirety of the natural world. We have been led to believe that we are separate and different in fundamental ways and that we are alone as we are so superior. What a relief it is to understand that such a view of humanity could […]

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Meat Eating is Driving the Extinction of Life on Earth

Crops that would otherwise feed billions of people are fed to industrially reared animals that we then consume as meat or for their skin or fur. Every day wild habitats are being converted to make way for more industrial agriculture to feed livestock to satisfy our carnivorous appetite, but not only.

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Wars: António Guterres Appeal for Global Ceasefire

Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations makes an impassioned appeal to stop all wars in all corners of the world. In his own words “War doesn’t make any sense when you have an epidemic but war doesn’t make any sense in any circumstances”.

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Malta – Pollution and Dead Zones, But Who Gives a Damn

By far the most fundamental division within humanity is between people who give a damn and people who do not. In Malta, for example, the few give a damn and the many do not. We are following the pied piper’s tune of unrestrained economic growth, wild consumerism, high-rise buildings, anything goes …

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Wild habitat – people who destroy it are amoral, not evil

It is difficult to estimate the time to extinction of a species or a population. This is partly due to a time lag between degradation of a wild habitat to the point that it no longer supports a species and the actual death of the last member of that species.

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Global Warming – The Moral Crisis of our Time

The politically correct term for the havoc we are causing to weather conditions is Climate Change, which in fact is mostly global warming. It is the rise in temperature that, for example, is melting the Arctic and Antarctic ice caps. The rise in temperatures is being caused by greenhouse gas emissions that trap the …

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Natural World and Malta’s Dysfunctional Relationship

In Malta our relationship with the natural world is, to use kind words, disconnected from reality. We choose to exploit our corner of the natural world rather than listen to what nature’s life support system is telling us.

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Voting at 16 – ‘Hekk Jonqos!’

On the 1 March 2018 a law is to be passed through parliament in Malta giving 16 year olds the right to vote at national elections. This is expected to …

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