Healthy oceans and seas are very important to our healthy life and a healthy environment.
Although this aquatic space is covering 70 percent of our planet, humankind is damaging these precious resources of water, food, and energy by polluting them. It is the responsibility of every one of us to protect all marine life around the world.
The academic institutions and academia can play an important role in raising awareness and conducting campaigns to stop harming the aquatic space. The research should target reducing the pollution and restoring the ecosystem by reducing ocean acidification and this is done through cooperation at all levels. Joint efforts should be put to reduce and to regulate overfishing. The University should encourage scientific research, knowledge, and technology to protect oceans and seas health.
The implementation of sea law and the introduction of the sea law in the law curricula will help tremendously to raise awareness among the younger generation to be conscious of the bad effects on our lives in an unhealthy ecosystem.
Healthy oceans, clean water, and preserved aquatic resources are essential to living better and to stay healthy.
14.2 Supporting aquatic ecosystems through education
The University through its colleges and programs provide understanding and information on supporting aquatic ecosystems. The programs provide courses, from its disciplines, that speaks about environmental impacts of their field of work to the students.
Evidence 1: Law Program Course - Law462 International Environment Law
The College of Law, through its courses such as Law462 International Environment Law, that talks about the Saudi Law. The law states the following:
General Environmental Regulations and Rules for Implementation 2001
Article Five: Licensing agencies must ascertain that the environmental evaluation studies for projects which may cause negative impacts on the environment are done at the project feasibility stage, the agency in charge of the implementation of the project shall be responsible for conducting the environmental assessment studies in accordance with the environmental basics and standards determined by the competent agency in the rules for implementation.
All agencies in-charge of education must include environmental concepts in curricula at various stages of education.
All agencies in-charge of media must enhance environmental awareness in various mass media and support concept of environmental protection from Islamic perspective.
All agencies in-charge of Islamic affairs, call and guidance must enhance the role of mosques in encouraging the community to preserve and protect the environment. 6 PME Translation General Environmental Regulations
All concerned agencies must prepare appropriate training programs to develop capabilities in the field of preserving and protecting the environment.
EVIDENCES 14.3.1: Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of the Oceans (events)
Evidence 1: Sabic “An Environment without waste” Participation
Through the Deanship of Student Affairs, the students participated in the Sabic event “An Environment without waste”. The students were educated on the environment and the effects of waste to the environment.