His Excellency addressed the current issue of over development and rapid growth during his visit to the University of Malta, yesterday. The event was organized by KSU to encourage students to ask the President any questions.
The President of Malta, George Vella, began by saying, “I am simply there for a moral force or rather, a compass, to guide the people” since he has no power over the actual governing of the country. “I want to hear your main concerns and your ideas”, he continued.
We are living in a time of rapid population growth, said Vella, and our policies do not always adapt to this. One can see that there needs to be a balance between quality built-environment and growth. The President commented on how as a country, we are a very small geographical area and that at one should see that the laws and regulations are being properly applied.
“There is a tug of war between constructors and environmentalists, with the government in the middle.” It is up to the government to see that these environmental institutions keep to the regulations.
The President believes that regarding the environment, there is lack of consciousness. He mentioned how developing countries in Africa are facing problems we created. Our over development has caused global warming, we are creating an image that development is a negative thing, but if done right, it is not.
The effects of global warming seen in Africa include the decrease in rainfall and crop failure, which ultimately puts pressure on Europe because these people would want to migrate to Europe due to unsustainable conditions in their country. In the United States, the effects of global warming are clear with the horrible hurricanes that have been occurring.
A question arouse regarding last week’s shooting of a migrant in Malta in which His Excellency responded, “the Maltese are not happy about this surely, and certainly you are welcomed here amongst your colleagues.” He continued, “We need to be careful with social media. Be careful to not fall into the trap about foreigners and migrants. A big block is uniting to be a force in the new European Parliament. It will surely be a grouping voice against migrants. Due to our limited territory, we cannot accept everyone. We cannot give what we do not have.”