EkoSkola students urge politicians to consider their pleas
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In a motion presented on Wednesday morning at the House of Representatives, EkoSkola students urged politicians to seriously consider their pleas and take concrete action about issues in waste management, water efficiency, urban planning and energy generation among others.
They called on the country’s policymakers to lead by example as their decisions had a direct impact on the quality of life of all citizens. This much awaited sitting was held this morning for the ninth consecutive year.
The event was organized by Nature Trust (Malta), the local representatives of FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education) who run the Eco-Schools programme, under the auspices of the Office of the Speaker.
This event brought together students participating in the EkoSkola programme and the country’s main policy makers. This year’s theme focused on the children’s environmental concerns that have been elicited during the second edition of the Young People’s Environmental Summit – We care about our future.
The summit was organised last February during the run up to the general elections were students had the opportunity to meet the main party leaders.
The 9th EkoSkola parliamentary sitting was chaired by the Hon. Speaker, Dr. Anglu Farrugia and attended by 23 Members of Parliament from both parties. The MPs and were not only overtly impressed with the students’ interventions but also vouched to take heed of their suggestions.
The Prime Minister; Dr. Joseph Muscat and the Leader of the Opposition; Dr. Simon Busuttil also addressed the students. Sixty two students from thirty one schools were hosted, 10 of which presented their proposals to the House.
The Eco-Schools programme was launched in 1994 by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and now mobilizes over 18 million students from 53 different countries. It is locally known as EkoSkola and is locally run by Nature Trust Malta as FEE representatives.
The EkoSkola programme includes a total of 100 participating schools from Malta and Gozo, with more than 43,800 students as active participants. It was first introduced locally in 2002. The initial pilot project was started with the participation of six schools.
Since then the number of schools kept increasing, and 37 have managed to acquire the Green Flag – an internationally renowned eco-label for a school’s serious commitment to environmental improvement.