Whenever I think of the footprint, I am taken back to my childhood. I grew up by the sea, in Zurrieq in Malta, and every day I saw the same miracle. I'd go home in the evening from a beach where the traces of the day were plain to see, and I would return the next morning to find the beach wiped clean, all footprints erased. The same miracle every day. The beach is still clean by the way, and if you are in the area, I recommend it. But as we all know, life isn’t so simple. Our footprint on this planet cannot be magically erased. It's our reality, it's our responsibility, and our society needs to take ownership of its consequences. -- Karmenu Vella, Environmental footprint conference: From vision to action, 23 April 2018Posted by Isabelle le 2018-05-05
500 kilograms per second. This is the amount of waste that is thrown into the seas and oceans. Since I started talking, 7000 kilos of litter have made their way to the sea. By the time I finish it will be 450 tons. Commissioner Vella, Plastic Recyclers Europe, 19 June 2015Posted by Isabelle le 2016-03-09
Elephants and rhinos are being similarly depleted. Some 30,000 elephants are still being killed illegally every year. At this rate, children born today will see the last of the wild elephants and rhinos die before their 25th birthday. Commissioner K Vella, The EU Action plan against wildlife trafficking, 26 February 2016Posted by Isabelle le 2016-03-09
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