I am passionate about
ActionsIn 2015, as Campaign Coordinator for BirdLife Malta, I was in charge of the
management of a national-wide campaign to encourage people to turn up and
vote against spring hunting in a referendum. While the referendum was lost by
less than a percentage point, the campaign was successful in engaging a
nation in the debate, it was clear that people understood the core messages,
and were motivated to turn up to vote. Turnout stood at 75% with a 50.4% win
in favour of retaining spring hunting.
While previously there was a moderately active environmental movement in
Malta, it is only after the referendum that others started to speak up and
protest against some governmental proposals which really harmed Malta's
national environment. A few months after the referendum the most successful
and well attended protest on an environmental issue happened in Malta.
I believe that the referendum helped spark awareness, but also hope, that
when people join together behind a common cause change can happen. Although
the referendum wasn't won, it was a slim enough margin, that slight
possibility that inspired more people to take action. I was just one of the
many working behind the scenes for the 3 months up to the referendum, but I
believe that my work, along with that of the others, has helped to create
this positive change, which we are only starting to witness now.