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NEWS 16 maltatoday | SUNDAY • 23 OCTOBER 2022 L I V E C O N C E R T EXCLUSIVE SPONSOR Saturday, 19 th November 2022, Eden Arena, InterContinental Hotel PERFORMING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MALTA HIS HIT "FOREVER & EVER WITH YOU" FEAT. BRIAN MAY (QUEEN) FOR BOOKINGS & TICKET INFORMATION CONTACT Margaret Brincat at 9940 6743, Email: Visit our website at Featuring the Luca Minnelli Italian orchestra musicians, performing live, supported by Maltese soprano Marvic Baldacchino, George Curmi (Il Puse') and his Quartet, Annalise Dance Studio and the Chamber Music Brass Band. ADPD – The Green Party called out present and past governments for a lack of goodwill to safeguard the en- vironment, blaming a culture of clientelism and nepotism which it said had led to a cli- mate emergency. During a press conference in front of the Environment and Resources Authority offices in Marsa on Saturday morn- ing, the Greens said that the time for never-ending discus- sions on environmental mat- ters was over. ADPD Chairperson Carmel Cacopardo emphasised that there was no political will for serious action with respect to environmental matters – from climate change, to pollution, traffic, land use and energy. "It is Government's duty to implement robust and effec- tive measures."However, laws are futile if there are no pen- alties, if they are not followed and if legal remedies are not available if the targets are not met," Cacopardo said. He added that although the solutions were known, all governments had failed to im- plement them with strategies remaining words on paper. "The implementation of such a strategy is dependent on political will for it to be carried out, with well-defined targets and responsibilities, as well as the commitment of Government to make all the necessary resources availa- ble." Cacopardo said that incen- tives and fiscal disincentives should push towards the eco- logical transition and pro- mote the necessary well-being for a better quality of life, and better urban and natural envi- ronments. "Clientelism, nepotism and a 'supermarket' policy has led us to where we are today – we are in a climate emergency which leads to economic and social crises. We cannot con- tinue to fight nature but need to work hand-in-hand with it." Cacopardo said that gov- ernments ignored technical advice, as the available polit- ical vision only extends to a maximum of five years, that is from one election to the next. He emphasised that a seri- ous environmental strategy required a long-term vision – over at least 25 years. "This is necessary because decisions concerning the en- vironment – if implemented properly – require their due time to leave the desired re- sults. This is the only way that we would see the desired results," concluded Cacopar- do. "We need to proceed urgent- ly to the next stage: no more talk but specific action please. Every industry should have a clear implementable plan for waste reduction and greater efficiency in the use of raw materials," secretary-general Ralph Cassar said. Greens slam clientelism, nep- otism over Malta climate crisis

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