Jeddah: Fouzia Khan
Published — Friday 14 February 2014
Last update 14 February 2014 4:57 am
In a unique move to maintain ecological balance, over 100 young divers are planning to clean the Red Sea bed to save the corals and sea animals to protect the environment.
The cleaning operation being launched under the slogan “Environment without Waste” and under the patronage of Jeddah Gov. Prince Misha’al bin Majed will start on Feb. 20 in front of Hilton Hotel Corniche to save the environment, rehabilitation and protection of coral growth, the life source for over 80 percent of aquatic creatures.
The divers will clean the algae accumulated on the surface of the sea that block sun rays, coral surface, and remove the waste people throw into the sea and fishing strings left behind by fishermen.
In the program, 150 students will also participate to distribute awareness brochures on the importance of environmental safety and help the divers in this program to maintain the cleanliness of the depths of the sea, the coral reefs that are home to many fish and sea creatures.
The program is being organized by the National Company for Petrochemical Industries Co. (NATPET) and Century Events as part of their social responsibility for environmental protection, particularly in maintaining life in the sea, especially coral reefs.
NAPTET CEO Jamal Jamil Malika said that they are sponsoring the event as part of the company social responsibility toward environmental preservation. “Environmental preservation is an important objective of the company, and it is our duty to serve the community and maintain sustainable resources. The program is being held under the aegis of the Union of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals, which aims to increase awareness about disposal of waste in a responsible manner,” he said.
He said the goal of this event is to motivate school students to refrain from littering, and collecting the waste instead, and assist in recycling to protect marine environment.
Ahmed Sahab, CEO of Century Events, said the event is one of the many awareness messages carried out by Century Events as part of its social responsibility activities.