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Dear Friends,

In Malta we are facing an almost daily destruction of the heritage of our towns, villages and countryside.

Trees are scientifically proven to be important to our health, reducing rates of toxic emissions, dust and noise.  Malta has the highest rate of asthma in the EU, and Maltese residents are the most concerned about air pollution. Yet MEPA deprives residents of the benefits of trees when it allows destruction and damage to trees. Roads at Cospicua, Luqa, Fgura, Sliema, Zebbug and Mellieha which used to be lined by beautiful trees are now stripped bare.

Over-development is rated as Malta’s greatest environmental problem, yet permits are being issued to build flats and destroy some of Malta’s finest old gardens like those of Villino Chappelle and Villa Mekrech. Abuse is tolerated and no attempt is made to halt over-development.

We are therefore asking the three political parties to state their position on the protection of our urban trees and old gardens which are such a precious lung in our built-up towns and villages. We ask you to please join us in calling on all parties to recognise that Malta’s health and economic prosperity through tourism depends on putting a stop to over-development.

Help us stop this destruction by sending the letter below, asking each political party leader to clarify his stand by pledging to protect Malta’s natural heritage, by halting the destruction of our urban trees, our beautiful old gardens, countryside and unspoilt beaches, in favour of our health and the heritage of future generations.

Act now – tomorrow may be too late! Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3dl08F5SGo

Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar, Friends of the Earth (Malta), NatureTrust Malta, Ramblers’ Association.

Letter to
Prime Minister Dr. Joseph Muscat
Minister for Sustainable Development Dr. Leo Brincat
Acting Chairman, Alternattiva Demokratika Perit Carmel Cacopardo
and 1 other
Leader of the Nationalist Party Dr. Simon Busuttil (Leader of the Nationalist Party)
I just signed the following petition addressed to:
Dr. Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta,
Dr. Leo Brincat, Minister of Environment,
Dr. Simon Busuttil, Leader of the Nationalist Party
Perit Carmel Cacopardo, Acting Leader of Alternattiva Demokratika,

Protect Malta’s Health and Green Heritage.

Dr. Joseph Muscat, Dr. Leo Brincat, Dr. Simon Busuttil, Perit Carmel Cacopardo,

Over the last few years there has been a growing disregard for the heritage of our towns, villages and countryside.

Almost daily, trees have been uprooted, cut down, savagely pruned and increasingly exposed to pests and diseases imported in defiance of local legislation and international obligations. Roads at Cospicua, Luqa, Fgura, Sliema, Zebbug and Mellieha which used to be lined by beautiful trees are now stripped bare.

Trees are scientifically proven to be important to our health, reducing rates of toxic emissions, dust and noise. Malta has the highest rate of asthma in the EU, and Maltese residents are the most concerned about air pollution. Yet MEPA deprives residents of the benefits of trees when it allows destruction and damage to trees.

Over-development is rated as Malta’s greatest environment problem, yet permits are being issued to build flats and destroy some of Malta’s finest old gardens like the gardens of Villino Chappelle, Villa Mekrech and Villa Bonici. Government has ignored 23,000 petitioners at Wied il-Ghasel, while the PN and PL tolerance of abuse at the boathouse shanty towns is an insult to law-abiding residents. Whichever party wins, they must think carefully before allowing developers to continue the rape of our islands.

I very much appreciate the Sustainable Development Minister's recent initiative to set up a committee to recommend on the well-being of trees in both urban and rural areas. I support this and call on all parties to recognise that Malta’s health and economic prosperity through tourism depends on putting a stop to over-development and abuse.

I ask each political party leader to clarify his stand by pledging to protect Malta’s heritage by halting the destruction of Malta and Gozo’s urban trees, our beautiful old gardens, our countryside and our unspoilt beaches, in favour of our health and the heritage of future generations.