Mosta councillor Mikhail Micallef has weighed in on the controversy surrounding the uprooting of trees in a rather distinctive way, penning a poem to future generations.
“Dear baby who will be born on the Maltese Islands, I must say that you are lucky to be born here,” he wrote. ‘Thank God we still cherish family values over here, Maltese people have a good heart, and love and care is crucial for us Maltese.”
“You will grow up and live in harmony because we are a peaceful people. You will get educated and reach your ambitions because there are opportunities over here.”
“However, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to breathe clean air. Trees are being chopped down at an alarming rate and the amount oxygen emitted by trees on the Maltese roads is going down by the second.”
“If the Maltese people realise that the quality of the air is more important than their desire for money, then perhaps it won’t be too late. Don’t worry, some hope still remains. We will keep on hoping, for where there is life, there is also hope. One day, someone will hear us and listen to my cry, and yours.”
Trees have been on many people’s lips in recent weeks, following the approval of the Central Link road upgrade project and the commencement of the Santa Luċija underground tunnels project, both of which require the felling of several trees.
Infrastructure Malta, the national roads agency, has hit back at criticism by pledging to plant even more trees at the two sites.