Malta thus far has been a difficult nut to crack when it comes to the whole concept of sustainable development, which for most of the people living there thus far appears to be a distant and not very important consideration. In this they are not alone; this has long been the relaxed position of most people in the Mediterranean region when it comes to these broader social issues which require quite different levels of participation, consensus and government.
Getting to work in Malta
However the roots of change are starting to pick up broader public support, though thus far they tend to be divided into specific environment and social concerns. In this section of World Streets (Battles of Ideas), we hope to be able to draw attention to and support this movement, and in the process learn a number of useful things in the years immediately ahead , as the environmental movement there progresses from being a largely ignored, splintered minority into something more unified powerful and effective (Convergence). So if it’s OK by you, let’s keep an eye on Malta in 2015.
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Ten points of light
See https://worldstreets..comwordpress/2015/02/22/ten-points-of-light/ . ( This section js just getting underway)
- Ministry of Environment – http://environment.gov.mt/en/Pages/mdsec%20main.aspx
- Transport Malta (regulator) – www.transport.gov.mt
- Institute for Climate Change & Sustainable Development – – http://www.um.edu.mt/iccsd
- Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) – http://www.mepa.org.mt/home
- Friends of the Earth Malta – www.foemalta.org
- Bicycling Advocacy Group (Malta) – https://www.facebook.com/groups/158119417606344/
- European Sustainable Development Network (Malta) – http://goo.gl/E4NkSI
- Alternattiva Demokratika Green Party – www.alternattiva.org
- Times of Malta: On Environment – http://www.timesofmalta.com/search
- NGOs in Malta – http://www.emwis-mt.org/ngo%27s.htm
* Please help us extend and improve this listing of groups and organisations who could make a difference in Malta.
Cyclists on annual pilgrimage to Zabbar
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About the editor:
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Bio: Britton is an American political scientist and sustainability activist who has lived and worked in Paris since 1969. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets, his latest book, "BETTER CHOICES: Bringing Sustainable Transport to Your City" focuses on the subject of environment, equity, economy and efficiency in city transport and public space, and helping governments to ask the right questions. A pre-publication edition of Better Choices is currently undergoing an international peer review during Sept.- Oct. 2017, with the goal of publication in English and Chinese editions by end-year. If you wish to participate drop a line to BetterChoices@ecoplan.org .