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On the morning of 26th February 2016, Kopin, with the collaboration of the Malta College of Arts, Sciences and Technology (MCAST) organized the seminar “Building resilience to Climate Change”.

The initial idea was to have a two-hour seminar with various speakers tackling the problem of climate change from different perspective. The reality was that the interest of the audience was quite high and it took one extra hour to answer all the questions raised.

The conference started with a presentation by Dr Eman Calleja on how climate change is affecting Malta. The Maltese scenario reflects the global perspective since, as in most parts of the world, during the last decade Malta experienced a reduction in rainfall and an increase in temperatures. The second speaker, Dr Nicola Lamaddalena, from the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (Italy), provided the audience with more information on the situation in the Mediterranean in general, with particular emphasis on water scarcity and some potential solutions to the problem. Dr Stefano Moncada and Prof Hilary Bambrick introduced the global perspective and presented the case sudy of a biogas digester provided to a small community in Ethiopia as a way of combating climate change (by reducing deforestation) while providing clean energy.

After that, the seminar focused on policy actions negotiated during COP 21 in Paris. Mr Jerome Mounsey from DG Climate Action, one of the EU negotiators in Paris, explained the progress made with regard to land use. The last speaker, Mr Tim Lewis from Handcrafted Films, explained the perspective of civil society. Mr Lewis focused his attention on indigenous communities and how they impact the issue of climate change in a positive way. Two short documentaries produced by Handcrafted Films were shown to illustrate this point.

Different points of view emerged from the debate between the participants and the speakers. The audience was very engaged in the discussion and glad to contribute to it. The conference reached its goal: people left the room with a better understanding of climate change, the students took notes about the discussion; each speech was clear, good and well structured.

Shortly before the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP 21 in Paris, Kopin organized a film festival focusing on climate change and related issues. Klimafilm has been organized in collaboration with Triq Cinemoon Festival and took place in Valletta between the 26th and the 28th of November in Valletta.

On each of the three evenings films, short movies and documentaries on climate change and related matters were screened followed by debates with film-makers and experts.

For the launch of the festival on 26th of November the audience was able to choose through voting a feature film on Facebook from a selection of three different documentaries. On Friday 27th of November Dr. Ahmed Bugre, Director of the Foundation for Shelter and Support to Migrants was leading the discussion following the film Climate Refugees (2010).

Not forgetting the importance of young generations, there was also an animated film for children in the afternoon of Saturday 28th. In the evening the two documentaries Indigenous Peoples: Our Fight (2015) and When Elephants Dance the Grass Gets Beaten (2014) were presented. The screening was followed by a video presentation from the producer of the former, Tim Lewis, and a discussion with the director of the second, cultural anthropologist Jan van den Berg.

The choice to hold the film festival right before the COP 21 was driven by the fact that climate change will have a strong impact, particularly on small state island like Malta and should be paid a lot more attention to than is the case up until now. Jan Van Den Berg, cultural anthropologist and film director, who contributed his documentary When Elephants Dance the Grass Gets Beaten (2014) evolving around the topic of climate change and land grabbing, pointed out to the importance of the topic regarding food security. He said: Small scale farmers are essential for the food security. Floods, drought, lack of support and illegal land grabbing make it difficult for them to survive.

 

The event was organized in the framework of ClimATE Change project and was co-financed by the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change and the Dutch Embassy It was endorsed by the V18 Foundation, an initiative evolving around Valletta´s Journey to being European Capital of Culture 2018. 

Venerdì, 10 Luglio 2015 02:00

Kopin at l-Imnarja 2015

On the last Sunday of June, coinciding with the eve of the feast of St Peter and St Paul, locals gather at Buskett Gardens, to celebrate the traditional L­Imnarja Festival which extends into the morning of the next day. Mnarja, originally a harvest festival, dates back centuries. Nowadays, the festival which is a popular family event, is characterised by a mix of folk music, traditional food and crafts as well as exhibitions and competitions of animals and local produce. This year, 2015, the event was organized by the Parliamentary Secretariat for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights.

Kopin was invited to participate with a stand at Razzett tal­Ghorof, a 17th century farmhouse recently restored and converted into an educational centre. There, Kopin’s team of staff members and volunteers offered a series of games to both children and adults, aimed at raising awareness about climate change and sustainable development as part of the EU co­funded ClimATE Change project. Dynamic games were used in order to promote adequate recycling and composting as well as to educate the general public on issues like deforestation, soil erosion and carbon and water footprints.

Quizzes and video screenings were also used to draw attention to the links between food production, supply chains, development and human rights. The activities generated a lot of interest from both children and adults attending L­Imnarja.

Mercoledì, 10 Giugno 2015 02:00

Kopin's stand at Earth Garden 2015

On the weekend of the 6th and 7th of June, Kopin participated in the Earth Garden 2015 festival held at Ta'Qali National Park, with a stand offering games and information.

The Earth Garden is a yearly festival that promotes the care for the environment and sustainability through arts, music and culture in a holistic way. Local and international established bands and up-and-coming talents performed throughout the weekend on different stages while local retailers and artisans offered their products. A number of workshops and activities promoting sustainable living were delivered, from discussions on conscious businesses and conscious eating to an introduction to Permaculture and herbal medicine.

Kopin’s team of staff members and volunteers offered a series of activities throughout the weekend, aimed at raising awareness among the general public – children, youths and adults alike – about the links between food production, consumption patterns, development and human rights. Attention was also drawn to the important role of Fair Trade in ensuring the respect of workers' rights world-wide and the ethical distribution of profits while engaging the public to challenge any preconceptions of developed and developing countries.

During the event, Kopin also promoted a number of current projects, with a focus on the ClimATE Change project.

Moreover, a raffle was held and donations were collected to support Kopin's projects. A special thanks goes to The Grassy Hopper and Gugar Hangout Bar, which donated vouchers for a meal at their restaurants to our lucky winners.

For more information on current and future initiatives of Kopin related to the above-mentioned themes, please contact us at Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo. or +356 27567460.

Notes from the lecture delivered by Dione Caruana from the MCAST Agribusiness Institute during free course for farmers held in Malta on the 14th of April 2015, as part of the ClimATE Change project.

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One of the presentations delivered by Daniel Grech from the MCAST Agribusiness Institute during free course for farmers held in Malta on the 23rd of April 2015, as part of the ClimATE Change project.

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Martedì, 02 Giugno 2015 02:00

Reducing water demand – Irrigation methods

One of the presentations used by Daniel Grech from the MCAST Agribusiness Institute during free course for farmers held in Malta on the 23rd of April 2015, as part of the ClimATE Change project.

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Presentation delivered by William Grech, Executive Director of KOPIN Malta, during the Dialogue-oriented Workshop held in Malta on the 20th of May 2014. The presentation is based on a research paper realised by Inkota Netzwerk, the German partner in the ClimATE Change project.

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Giovedì, 24 Luglio 2014 00:00

Climate Change Adaptation Measures in Malta

Presentation delivered by hydrologist Marco Cremona during the Workshop on Climate Change and Agriculture organised by KOPIN Malta on the 19th of May 2014.

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Giovedì, 24 Luglio 2014 00:00

Water in Malta

Presentation delivered by hydrologist Marco Cremona during the Workshop on Climate Change and Agriculture organised by KOPIN Malta on the 19th of May 2014.

You can download it directly by clicking on the link on the left.