Behind preservation laws lies a broader cultural fact: the collective belief that some works of historical and artistic value are inalienable and that their true value is over and above any exchange value they may acquire on markets.
There is nature within urban areas, it is only somewhat hidden. Elena Portelli from Akustika Project, whose bat conservation initiative involves citizen science, illuminates on how the project is beneficial for protecting the urban environment and heritage.
Valletta does not lack culture of its own. On the contrary, it has plenty of it—the little mundane rituals of “hello” and “how are you”, the feasts, the relationships between the people whom Valletta comforts and makes feel at home.