In view of the role of Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University in achieving environmental sustainability, and its belief in the importance of active students' participation in various international forums and events related to the environment. The Department of Biology and the Community Service Unit at the College of Science have recently organized three environmental community awareness campaigns with slogans linked to the thirteenth objectives of private sustainable development in the climate, and the fifteenth of life on the land. In the presence of the head of the Biology Department, Dr. Laila Al-Shuraim, the college's vice-rector, as well as several faculty members, administrative staff and the students.
As coordination and cooperation has been made with the General Department of Parks and Community Service in the Secretariat of the City of Riyadh to obtain various types of different annual flowering seedlings, cacti, perennial outdoor plants, and small trees to be cultivated by approximately (90) students among the fourth level students in the Biology Department within two weeks at a rate of one hour per day, under the supervision of Dr. Arwa Abdul Karim Al-Hukail.
This comes in line with the Kingdom's strategies towards the environment and the restoration of vegetation in Riyadh to reduce the damages related to drought and its negative effects, as an influential environmental mission and social responsibility to activate the role of students in society inside and outside the college and university. In addition to contributing to raising awareness and environmental sense with a number of Applied Ecology issues.
On the other hand, and to achieve the quality of educational outputs, in line with the achievement of the Kingdom's Vision 2030, the initiative has been taken to host (14) third-graders (American Diploma) students from Riyadh Najd Private Schools to attend the various campaigns and events and participate in applied activities such as afforestation. In order to increase the green areas inside the college and educate them about home gardening methods in addition to a scientific tour to learn about the laboratories of the Department of Biology and the herbal plants in the college.
The awareness campaigns varied to include the introduction of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought under the slogan (Vision is affiliation to achieve development), the introduction of the International Day for Biological Diversity, whose campaign was called (Our Vision 2030 Saves Our Environment). As well as the introduction of the International Day for Preserving the Ozone Layer and shedding light on the resulting global climate change and global warming under the slogan (Vision 2030 protects the environment).
The event was accompanied by three corners of environmental issues for the three campaigns to cover them from various aspects and link their issues to each other and to clarify the risk of continuing to pollute the environment with different pollutants. Several visual presentations, which have been designed and prepared by students, were presented. In addition to reviewing some international efforts and the Kingdom's efforts specifically the directives included in the Vision 2030 for environmental protection.
This came within the framework of promoting the principle of rationalization, reducing consumption and waste in natural resources, preserving biological diversity. As well as protecting it through nature reserves, sustainable development for it, preserving it, and directing renewable (clean and safe) energy such as solar energy, wind energy, etc. as a safe and clean alternative that protects and preserves the environment and contributes to reducing the breadth of the Ozone (O3) layer hole.
The campaigns also presented recommendations and proposed solutions to contribute to limiting the exacerbation of these problems and controlling them and explaining some positive applied mechanisms to protect the environment. These recommendations emphasized the importance of solidarity and effective participation in eliminating pollution by limiting the use of all kinds of plastics, and the need to move to the use of safe alternatives as biodegradable plastics alternatives. As well as the possibility of using some insect repellent plants, especially in house rooms, as an alternative to the use of chemical pesticides. In addition to urging the rationalization of electricity and water consumption and preventing logging, and encouraging the participation of students in planning and implementing organized campaigns, including some positive activities and events, and developing a high sense of responsibility towards public property and cleanliness of the environment within university and college facilities.