Sociologist, local councillor, activist from Malta

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

An alternative site for the new proposed University



What better inspiration for environmental mobilization than the Labour Government's plan to build a University at Zonqor point? Even though the proposal to attract foreign investment in this initiative is welcome, the environmental aspect of this project delves into politics of unintended consequences.

I hope that an alternative site is found to Zonqor and that the environmental movement - from ENGOs to AD - keep up their pressure in this regard.

But I think that rather than rushing to name alternative sites, one should first consider this possibility and then carry out necessary studies to identify proper alternatives. This cannot take place in a few hours! Studies should look into a variety of aspects, including the environmental, social, economic and operational.

A proper parliamentary debate and full consultation with civil society is of utmost importance in this regard.

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