Cancellation of nature walk

April 20, 2019

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the nature walk event that was going to take place on Sunday April 28 has been cancelled.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Saturday, 20th April, 2019

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Come and meet some indigenous wild flora and fauna which might be completely new to you. Learn about the richness of wildlife in the Maltese Islands especially at the Qortin ta’ Isopu garigue at Nadur, Gozo. Bring along your cameras to record such living richness and come with good walking shoes.

This walk organised by Wirt Għawdex will be conducted by an expert in biodiversity Alfred E. Baldacchino

A photographic competition will be held and two winners – an adult and a child – will receive the just published ‘Siġar Maltin’ (Maltese Trees) by Mr Baldacchino.

Members of Wirt Għawdex free, non-members will be asked for a donation, or take the opportunity to become members.

Sunday 28 April meeting at 09.45 am at the parking on the road leading to San Blas Bay at Triq Torri Isopu, Nadur
(coordinates 36.051633 14.300227)

We will start the walk at 10 am sharp.

Please book at
or call on

The prizes are this book:

Credit where credit is due

April 18, 2019

Alfred E Baldacchino

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Following concerns expressed by members of the public, eNGOs, and individuals, on the destruction of biodiversity in country paths which were being widened and covered with concrete, Environment Resources Authority (ERA) ordered Infrastructure Malta to halt the works, and issued a stop and compliance order. Furthermore, according to press reporting, ERA ordered Infrastructure Malta to reinstate the country paths to their original state.

One hopes that all country paths mismanaged by Infrastructure Malta will be reinstated to their original state. One also hopes that this is the end of an era where biodiversity is regarded as ‘ħaxix ħażin’ (good-for-nothing-vegetation) and that such mentality will be put to rest.

One cannot but applaud the stand ERA has taken and look out to more similar decisions in the near future to protect biodiversity.

The following is one of the article which appeared in the media.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Rabat country roads being reinstated after controversial widening

Recent concrete works encroached adjacent land

Keith Micallef


Country roads at Wied l-Isqof in Rabat are being reinstated to their original state. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

Country roads at Wied l-Isqof in Rabat are being reinstated to their original state. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

Some of the concrete controversially laid on country roads in a Rabat valley is being pulled up again by Infrastructure Malta on orders from the environment watchdog, which wants the roads to be reinstated to their original footprint.

The controversy erupted last month when it transpired that a number of narrow country roads used primarily by farmers at Wied l-Isqof were being widened, as part of a government project to “reconstruct” rural roads.

Faced by this outrage, the Environment Resources Authority ordered Infrastructure Malta to halt the works, through what it called a stop and compliance order. The measure was taken because the project was resulting in “biodiversity destruction”, ERA had said.

Infrastructure Malta argued that the roads in question were not being widened beyond their original footprint – even though evidence on the ground suggested otherwise.

However, an ERA spokeswoman confirmed that Infrastructure Malta had, in fact, encroached on adjacent land. She said that concreting beyond the original footprint was being removed by the roads agency’s contractors through the use of appropriate heavy machinery.

Several truckloads of material have been removed and dispatched for appropriate disposal to enable the area’s habitat to regenerate even in the area previously concreted, she said.

An onsite visit confirmed that the roads had been narrowed, with a stretch of soil replacing the concrete along the perimeter.

In its reply, ERA said it had intervened because the roadworks were degrading the ecosystem of the area beyond the asphalted area.

Among other things, the interventions had altered the physical profile of the valley and the natural course of the freshwater stream to the detriment of the biodiversity and the natural characteristics of the site, the spokeswoman said.

Environmentalists had denounced the works, saying vegetation was being obliterated as concrete was being poured beyond the existing footprint, damaging flora and fauna on both sides of the road.

Biodiversity expert and former assistant director of the environment protection directorate at the now defunct Malta environment and planning authority, Alfred Baldacchino, had warned that turning these roads into “highways” could have a detrimental effect on farmers due to the increase in traffic.

He also criticised the project, saying the concrete was blocking the percolation of rainwater to the water table. 

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More biodiversity destruction with EU funds – confirmed

EU funds destroy Maltese biodiversity




EU funds destroy Maltese biodiversity

March 4, 2019

Alfred E Baldacchino

Monday, 4th March, 2019

Having received a number of photos from many environmental friends, I paid a visit to Wied l-Isqof, yesterday, Sunday 3rd March 2019 to see for myself what is being done.

The photos taken shows the great irresponsibility in the work being supported, and financed by the Ministry for Transport. To the extent that now I regard biodiversity destruction in the Maltese Islands as synonymous with the works undertaken by this Ministry (also keeping in mind that the Planning Authority is also in the portfolio of this Minsiter)

Following a lengthy exchange of emails with officials of the Ministry for Transport, all I could get from them is an apologetic reply:

Grazzi hafna tal-email tieghek u kif ghidtlek f’korrospondenza precedenti u anki meta ltqajna fil-passat, it-tnejn li ahna nixtiequ l-gid tal-bdiewa taghna li b’tant dedikazzjoni jiehdu hsieb l-ucuh tal-ghelieqi fil-pajjiz, xi haga li hija mportanti ghal biodiversità. 

Fuq sigar, sfortunatament dawn tqacctu bil-maltemp imma ser inkunu qed inhawlu sigar indigeni kid tajjeb irtakomandajtilna int f’rapporti li kkumissjonajnik biex taghmel ghalina.

 Meaning: Many thanks for your email and as I told you before in previous correspondence, even when we met in the past, both of us have the interest of  our farmers, who with so much dedication cultivate their fields in the country, something, which is important for biodiversity.

With regards to trees, unfortunately these were damaged by the storm, but we are going to plant indigenous trees as you so rightly recommended in your reports which we have commissioned you to compile for us.

NO,  definitely not, this is not in the interest of the farmers. They will have to pay a heavy price because of such works. And there were other suggestions in the reports mention. Works being undertaken are diametrically opposite to the recommendations made.

 Furthermore information forwarded by me to the Ministry for Transport, and others, have all been ignored, , which leads me to conclude that they are reluctant to stop the destruction being done:

  • the country paths in valleys are being turned into highways ;
  • some areas in the valleys seem more like urban squares – big enough to hold political or public meetings.
  • the complete destruction of vegetation and other fauna in the pathways have all been destroyed;
  • the concrete paths made are, in some places, lower than the foundation of the rubble walls. These will eventually all collapse;
  • The valley bed has been reduced to a gutter, with a four-lane concrete road taking its place;
  • European Union money is being used for this destruction of biodiversity. Something which the EU is, not only against, but has a program to conserve biodiversity by 2020.
  • It is not true that the trees at Wied l-Isqof were damaged by the latest strong winds, but by the irresistible chainsaws paid for by the Ministry for Transport.

All these are, according to the Ministry for Transport, in ‘the interest of our farmers’. NO this is not in the interest of our farmers as far as I am concerned. They will have to pay dearly for such mismanagement of the environment.  Most of the works can be done with more thought, more professionalism, and more attention to local and international obligations. But it seems this is not in the interest of the Ministry for Transport. It seems that they are having more fun in such destruction, and how they are spending the EU money, despite the public outcry and criticism of such destruction so loud on social media.

I believe that this follows the complete failure in managing transport by the Ministry for Transport who are now turning to exploit every country path, in ’the name of farmers’ to widen and give it a fresh covering of concrete so that it can be used as a by-pass for traffic. Naturally with a little bit of help from their Planning Authority.

This is being done in a number of valleys both in Malta and in Gozo.

Hope I won’t be disturbing the Environment and Resources Authority, but can they intervene please to stop such destruction of our biodiversity?

Some of the photos taken yesterday, of the works blessed, authorised and paid for by the Ministry of Transport, from public and EU funds, naturally for the ‘benefit of farmers’

rubble wall foundation exposed – naturally in the farmers’ interests

Valley bed filled in. No problem it is only destroying biodiversity.







More effects of the strong winds? Why not tell this to the marines?







For the benefit of our farmers: a four-lane concrete road in the valley bottom!


The valley bed reduced to a gutter to make way for a four-lanes concrete road.

More destruction of the valley bed, naturally ‘for the benefit of farmers’ too.











Rejoice farmers, rejoice. This is all being done in your name. You can now also race your pickup trucks without any fear of having them scratched. Rejoice.

Future Ministers will have to apply for EU funds to restore collapsed rubble walls which collapsed through the help of EU funds.










A country path for the benefit of our farmers! It has to be the Ministry for Transport to come up with such a vision, naturally with a little bit of help from their Planning Authority.


Will we be having horse racing in this country path built for the benefit of farmers, and also to accommodate the former too?

Ministry officials ‘experts’ say that this tree was damaged by the strong winds. The winds must have been carrying chainsaws to achieve this. And the winds must have been God sent to eliminate the tree which was obstructing the country path!

Qalu li jridu jsalvaw lid­-dinja

May 26, 2014


Qalu li jridu jsalvaw lid­-dinja

It-Tnejn, 26 ta’ Mejju, 2014.

 Alfred E. Baldacchino

Meta nisma’ kliem bħal dan iweġġgħani. Xi wħud jistgħu jkunu maħsuda meta jsimgħuni ngħid hekk. Imma dan jurini li l­bniedem jaħseb li l­-ekosistema qiegħda taħt il­-kontrol tiegħu u tiddependi minnu. U jaħseb li din jista’ jsalvaha.

Nafu bil­-mod kif il-bniedem qed jisfrutta din l-ekosistema li huwa parti minnha, għalkemm dan ma jammettihx. L-impatt tal-attività tiegħu fuq l-arja, fuq l-art u fuq l-ilma u fuq il-ħlejjaq li jaqsmu din il-pjaneta magħna naħseb li kulhadd jaf bihom.

Biex jgħix aħjar, dejjem kif jgħidulna, nużaw kull tip ta’ kimika u dak li ma jkollniex bżonnu aktar, nitfgħuh jew fl-arja, fl-art jew anki fl-ilma, kemm ilma baħar kif ukoll ilma ħelu. It-tniġġiż li jseħħ minn dan l-iskart mhux ta’ taħbil ir-ras għall-bniedem. Dan isir mingħajr kontrol, mingħajr qies, mingħajr kuxjenza, u ħafna drabi anki kontra xi regolamenti li l-bniedem ikun għamel huwa stess. Il-bniedem jaħseb li meta dawn jarmihom u ma jarahomx aktar, allura ħeles minn skart li jkun qed idejqu, anki jekk dan ikun tossiku.


Skart tossiku, fuq l-art, fil-baħar u anki fl-arja.

Ir-riżorsi tad-dinja qatt ma kienu daqshekk sfruttati u esplojtati. Il-ġirja għall-konsumiżmu u għall-materjaliżmu saru l-għan ewlieni tal-ħajja tal-bniedem tal-lum.

Anki l-ħlejjaq li jaqsmu din l-art magħna u li fuqhom tiddependi l-ħajja tal-bniedem fis-sistema ekoloġika lanqas ma jeħilsuha ħafif, kemm jekk din il-hajja tikkonsisti fi pjanti jew f’annimali. Il-bniedem joqtol għall-gost għax jaħseb li għandu dritt, jew biex juri s-superjorità tiegħu fuq ħlejjaq li huwa jqis li huma anqas minnu. Jaħtaf u jeqred dawk il-ħlejjaq li jaħseb li qed ifixkluh fil-mixja ta’ rgħiba bla qies għall-matrjaliżmu.


L-ilma sfruttat, espojtat u velenat

Illum naraw ukoll kif il-bniedem qiegħed ibagħbas l-għaġna ġenetika tal-ħlejjaq (GMOs) biex kif jgħidulna, ikun jista’ jgħix aħjar u jitma l-ħluq madwar id-dinja. Wasal biex jikkoreġi dak li ħalaq il-Ħallieq, għax dawn mhumiex tajbin biżżejjed. Imma ma għandniex xi ngħidu li dawn iħallu qliegħ imdaqqas.


Tbagħbis mal-għaġna ġenetika (GMOs) biex kif jgħidu jinqata' l-ġuh mid-dinja, imma bl-għan ewlieni li xi ħadd jistagħna.

Tbagħbis mal-għaġna ġenetika (GMOs) biex kif jgħidu jinqata’ l-ġuh mid-dinja, imma bl-għan ewlieni li xi ħadd jistagħna.



U l-mexxejja tal-entitajiet soċjali tad-dinja, mhux talli ma jippruvawx iwaqqfu din il-ġirja suwiċidali, imma jkomplu jrewħula, għax b’hekk biss jistgħu jkomplu jogħxew fil-poter. Arahom jiftaħru bil-progress li qed jagħmel il-bniedem u ħallihom jiftaħru biss biċ-ċifri ta’ qligħ, kummerċ u flus. L-impatt u l-prezz moħbi tħallsu l-ekosistema u l-impatt ta’ dan tħallsu s-soċjeta, jigifieri l-bnedmin li jgħixu fid-dinja. Bilkemm wieħed jista’ jitkellem fuqhom, anzi dawk li jagħmlu hekk fl-interess tal-ħajja fuq din il-pjaneta jiġu mgħajjra fundamentalisti jew ġakbini għax jeħduha kontra t-tmexxija politika mgħammda.


Flus, flus, flus… l-ewwel u qabel kollox

Nistħajjel lil xi ħadd jistaqsi: imma allura għaliex tiddejjaq u tweġġa’ meta tisma’ lil min jgħid li hemm bżonn insalvaw id-dinja meta taf b’dan l-eġoiżmu li tant qed jagħmel ħsara lill-ekosistema.

Id-dinja ma għandha bżonn lil ħadd biex isalvaha. Lanqas lil dik l-ispeċi l-aktar intelliġenti jew li taħseb li hija l-aktar intelliġenti. Is-sistema ekoloġika hija bilanċ dinamiku u tirranġa kull theddida waħedha, mingħajr għajnuna ta’ ħadd. Veru li dan il-bilanċ jista’ jitkisser u jsir aktar diffiċli biex jitranġa fi żmien qasir. Imma ż-żmien għall-ekosistema mhux importanti.

Naħseb li llum kulħadd sema bid-dinosawri. Rettili kbar u b’saħħithom li anki meta tħares lejhom impinġijin ukoll inisslu biża’. Kienu jiddominaw id-dinja, imma kienu wkoll jiddependu fuq l-ekosistema. Bħal bniedem tal-lum eżatt. Dan illum jiddomina d-dinja u anki jnissel biża’ bl-armi tal-qerda tal-massa, u dawk eletroniċi li għandu u li fassal. Agħti ħarsa madwar id-dinja ħalli tara kif il-bniedem jilgħab b’armi qerrieda, armi kimiċi li l-għan ewlieni tagħhom huwa l-qerda tal-ħajja, kemm dik tal-bniedem stess kif ukoll ta’ kull ħajja oħra li taqsam din il-pjaneta magħna. Imma anki l-bniedem, bħad-dinosawri jiddependi mija fil-mija fuq l-ekosistema li tħaddan din il-pjaneta tagħna.


Ġirja fuq il-passi tad-dinosawri

Ġirja fuq il-passi tad-dinosawri

Meta l-iżbilanċ f’din l-ekosistema jiżdied, din tieħu l-passi meħtieġa. U mhux sejra toqgħod tħares la lejn l-uċuh u lanqss lejn l-intelligenza jew nuqqas tagħha, biex is-sistema ekoloġika terġa tikseb il-bilanċ dimaniku tagħha. U għalhekk il-bniedem ma għandux għalfejn jinkwieta biex isalva d-dinja. Din issalva ruħha waħedha, meta u xħin ikun il-waqt, anki jekk ma jkunx irid il-bniedem. Għalhekk il-bniedem għandu jinkwieta biss biex isalva lilu n­nifsu.

Fi żmien 100,000 sena l-ħlejjaq jerġgħu jiġu f’tagħhom bl-armonija bejn il-ħajja mifruxa madwar il-pjaneta, mingħajr ebda speċi li taħseb li hija l-aktar intelliġenti li taħseb li l-kontrol huwa f’idejha. U fi ftit miljuni ta’ snin il-bilanċ dinanimku jerġa jsib l-armonja perfetta. Għall-ekosistema dawn il-miljuni ta’ snin huma biss tebqa t’għajn.

U l-bniedem, l-ispeċi li tgħid li hija l-aktar intelliġenti fuq din il-pjaneta, bil-materjaliżmu kollu li tkun kiseb, bil-flus li jkun ġemmgħa, bil-bini majestuż u kbir li jkun tella’, bit-teknologija u bl-armi nukleari u kimiċi li jkun fassal, bil-kisbiet kbar li jkun għamel, l­-ispeċi waħdanija li tista’ teħodha kontra minn ħalaqha, tkun wasslet ukoll biex qerdet lilha n­nifisha.

U l-armonija f’din il-pjaneta terġa’ sseħħ u ssib il-bilanċ naturali tagħha, mingħajr l-ispeċi li kienet taħseb li kienet l-aktar waħda intelliġenti u l-aktar b’saħħita u li ma kinetx kapaċi ssalva lilha nnifisha minħabba l-kilba egoista.


Mixja mgħammda li qed twassal il-bniedem sal-qiegħ ta’ qabru.


The garden at Salina park

February 9, 2013


Friday, February 8, 2013

by Alfred E. Baldacchino

A report was carried in The Times on the extension of the “landscaped gardens in Salina park” (January 14).
Such projects can be very beneficial if they are accomplished with in-depth planning and management. I have gone through the project description statement (PDS) submitted for the extension. Unfortunately, the document lacks important data to enable support for such a project.
Nonetheless, with some suggestions and comments, such a ‘garden’ can achieve its aims without any negative social and ecological impacts.
Let’s start with water. Although the use of water can contribute to the natural environment of the park in a number of ways, be they aesthetical, ecological or social, one has to keep in mind and emphasise that water is a scarce resource.
The PDS refers to “water features” without any indication of what these actually   are. Keeping in mind the recent obsession with ‘water fountains’, one cannot be  blamed for thinking that these are some of the features referred to, which, in some cases, are completely unsustainable.
The PDS also refers to a new dug ‘water cistern’, which is slightly larger than half the size of the proposed underground space for a “pump room and services”. The water storage for use in watering trees and for the ‘water features’ is definitely not adequate, as indicated by the need of a ‘water
tanker for filling in the water reservoir’.
There is also no indication of why the water cistern in question is so small when there is so much flood water being channelled to the sea and the sewer system. The pull-quote in The Times report – “A long stretch of stream will refresh the atmosphere” – is quite inappropriate, considering the local precarious water situation because this can also hole a number of public pockets. How sustainable is the use of such a scarce resource as suggested in the PDS?
There is then the issue of trees. The PDS indicates areas where new trees are to be planted but there is no data whatsoever on such trees. To better enable more comments, suggestions and support for the project, additional information is needed, such as: the species of trees to be used; whether the trees are indigenous or exotic; whether the supply of trees is to be obtained from local stock or imported; whether there are plans to implement the Government’s obligations in contributing to the European Union loss of biodiversity campaign by utilising endangered or rare indigenous trees propagated from local stock and adequate to such a habitat; whether the
new ‘garden’ will be according to the guidelines of the National Environment Policy, the Flora, Fauna and Natural Habitats Protection Regulations, 2006, the Trees and Woodlands Protection Regulations, 2011 and other related national and EU obligations with regard to the protection of biodiversity.
There is absolutely no reference to this at all in the PDS and, considering the way that ‘landscaping’ is mentioned in the proposal, it makes it a bit more difficult to support such a project given such lack of important data.
Another consideration is use of electricity. The PDS refers to the need of electricity for ‘pedestrian lighting’ but, again, there is no indication or line drawings of how this lighting will be used and controlled. This ‘park’ or ‘garden’ will, no doubt, become a natural habitat for nocturnal fauna but there is no mention of mitigation measures of how these would not be disturbed. More data is also needed to enable both the public and environmental groups to comment on the use of the planned ‘pedestrian lighting’.

With regard to the management of the site, annex 1 (reference to figure 2: aerial view – photographic survey) attached to the PDS, shows that, in certain areas, some of the trees are planted too close to each other, thus preventing the proper growth of a tree canopy. This can lead one to conclude that either the site is not properly managed or else that the number of trees planted is more important than the final grove itself.
Such crowded trees will necessitate future thinning and this is a waste of resources (financial, human, and ecological), especially where the trees involved cannot be replanted, such as the Pinus species.

Such a ‘garden’ in the ‘park’ (I cannot understand the need for such a distinction in this context) has to have a management plan but none is mentioned in the PDS. One has to see what conditions the Malta Environment and Planning Authority comes up with in connection with the permit, such as use and management of a managed natural habitat. Not that I am very optimistic because where government projects are involved, Mepa unfortunately uses the same rubber stamp.
No one would like to be led up a garden path for a walk in the park.

The biblical apple tree

April 4, 2012

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The biblical apple tree – Alfred E. Baldacchino

The first time man met his Creator it did not take him long to upset the applecart through his lust and greed for power. When man later met the Son of his Creator, he crucified Him, ironically in God’s name.
History books recount how crusades and holy wars were waged to wipe out the infidel. Countries were looted, civilisations raped and that which did not have any economic value burned, all in God’s name.
In the meantime, leaders consolidated their power through such atrocities executed in God’s name. These leaders, whether political or religious, swore that their power was given to them by God. They acted in God’s name and, as such, they could do no wrong.
As man became more conscious of the intelligence with which he was endowed by his Creator, his relationship with God became something of a myth, to the extent that he found it more convenient to create his own god, a gold-god, nicknamed dollars, euros, pound, yen or what have you.
Man adores his newly made gold god. He does everything for it and is ready to die for it even by gnawing at the very root his own existence. So reminiscent of another biblical passage when Moses went on the mountain to receive the Tablets and his absence his followers made and adored a golden effigy.
This phenomenon can also be seen in our country. An illegal development was issued with a permit on the pretext that the
Mother of God appeared on site!
Holy Mass is celebrated on a monthly basis, with political shrewdness lacking any spirituality – making mockery of the very concept of God – on the development site of a cemetery that has been issued with a stop notice for irregular works.
I recall another biblical passage when the Son of God cleared the temple because the house of His father was being turned into a den of thieves. Commercial activity then was the selling of doves and pigeons, not land or graves!

“The biblical apple tree has been stripped of all its apples” 

The limited resources of our planet are being exploited as if man is living just for the day. The biblical apple tree has been stripped of all its apples, denuded of its leaves, uprooted, chopped into pieces and what was not of economic value thrown on man’s intelligent-dump heap.

Ecosystems, such as rainforests, oceans, fresh water, air, climate, land and the fauna and flora they embrace are being exploited beyond the limit. Man feels he is no longer answerable or dependant on any superior being but only to his man-made god. This god never chides him but urges him on in his lust for power, without any need of ethics or of any spiritual guilt feelings.

Man wants to play god. He decides on what and who ought to continue to live on this planet. He changes ecosystems that took billion of years to evolve but which are not good enough for his own ends. He genetically modifies organisms to make them more perfect, on the pretext of feeding the hungry, the very same people whose countries he raped and looted in bygone times. It’s a convenient excuse to adore and honour his gold god, now his servant.

Barely a century ago, the world fought a regime that wanted to have a perfect race and butchered anyone who was not fit to form part of it or who stood in the way of achieving such aim. Millions died to oppose this bizarre idea. Yet, today, even in some of the very same countries that fought such a weird concept there are ideas that unfortunate and disabled people are a burden to society because they are exerting pressure on the gold god and not contributing anything to it.

The terminally ill and the old have been facilitated with legal euthanasia. Those who do not contribute to the gold god because of unnatural conditions are not worth their place on this planet. This man-made gold god has led some to prefer to have a plush palace from where to dictate and decide the people’s fate rather than to offer last comforts to those who have humbly lived a decent life working and, possibly, contributing to elect their leaders. But in gold god’s name such leaders turn against the very same people when they dare ask questions or show their dissent.

The planet is inundated with atrocities committed in the name of this god. A similar scenario can also be witnessed closer to home, albeit still more subtle.

My God is a totally different God. He forgives, loves, cares, helps and aids all life on this planet. He is not in need of any material paraphernalia and detests wars, killings, butchering, stealing and injustices. I won’t be surprised if some might laugh me off saying that I still believe in granny’s tales or in fiction. Admittedly, there is no more spirituality in man’s life today, no respect, no ethics, no compassion but just greed and lust for materialism and power achieved in gold’s name.

One can easily see the biblical camel cantering through a needle’s eye while man is suffocating in insatiable mouthfuls of biblical apples.

Well, whatever, whichever, wherever, however and whoever your god is, may your god be with you when you reach the end of your lease on this planet and depart to meet your Creator, whether you believe in Him or not. With your god by your side, you may say: Quis ut Deus?