The environment is not a priority in Malta. If it were, Alternattiva Demokratika would have had both its candidates elected in the European Parliament elections held a few months ago. Or, since political party allegiance trumps common sense, Jonathan Shaw – the Nationalist Party candidate who openly declared that he was against spring hunting – would have garnered enough votes to see him on his way to Brussels. Even when a pro-environment demonstration is organised, only a few hundred turn up. I, for one, admit that I rarely participate in street marches. When I do go, it’s not to hold up a placard but to carry a camera. Having come clean about that, I can still say that I have always put my vote where my heart is.
Obviously, the green mentality has never taken root on this stony earth – see the fresh concrete that suffocates its surface; the lead pellets that will soon rain from the sky; the nets that are going to be laid out to entrap the remaining virgin land and anything that descends upon it; the cancer of encroachment eating up public spaces. Instead, we get pointless letters to the press and on-line petitions for our guilty consciences to sign up to. Both are poor substitutes for the power of the vote.
Malta’s green party? It might as well disband because this rock is not fertile territory.