Congratulations!! Whether you've been granted campus access or still waiting for it. We are finally going to be Back To Campus But Not Back To Normal and The Office Of Sustainability is finally going to get back to its rituals of on-ground events along with a new collaboration that the Office is proud to announce with ECO EGYPT (Find out more in "Today's Topic"). This will be the first issue of the SustainableAUC newsletter for this academic year, therefore stay tuned for upcoming newsletters during this semester!
The Office of Sustainability is proud to announce our collaboration with ECO EGYPT, a nationwide campaign aiming to promote ecotourism and encourage sustainable tourism practices in and around protected areas in Egypt. ECO EGYPT is led by the Ministry of Environment (MoE) and developed by the Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Egypt’s Tourism (MBDT) project, implemented by the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
The Egyptian Red Sea is home for various unique underwater species of both fish and corals and is one of the most visited destinations by both local and international tourists. However, as a result of human pressures on the environment, the degradation of our ecosystems will be witnessed. Some of the human pressures include waste generation, littering, unsustainable diving and snorkeling practices, feeding, and collecting marine species. Moreover, these common activities also have a major negative impact on the health of the coral reefs. Following the current trajectory, coral reefs are at the brink of disappearance by 2050 due to “coral bleaching’’. As a result of the rising water temperatures, corals get stressed and turn white, losing their main source of food which threatens their health and the various species living on the reef.

Consequently, on June
5th2021, ECO EGYPT launched the first Red Sea Marine Conservation Campaign in the MENA region, in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities (MoTA), Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), Egyptian Hotel Association (EHA), and the Chamber of Diving and Watersports (CDWS). The campaign aims to protect the marine and coastal environment from the harmful effects imposed on it by tourists. It was launched on social media, online public relations platforms, in press media, and displayed in airports, local airlines, buses, hotels, dive centers, and public billboards across Egypt by creating a series of awareness-raising videos and posters showcasing solutions to help protect the ecosystem.
Check the Go Green Guide below for easy solutions on how to take part in this campaign and learn to give back.

To learn more about the Marine Conservation Campaign, watch:
1. Keep the shores a clean place: do not litter as it can easily be mistaken as food for the creatures.
2. Seashells provide crabs with a living space: do not collect any seashells or sea creatures.
3. Use reef-safe sunscreen: check the active ingredients labeled on the sunscreen and make sure it does not contain Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, Octocrylene, Homosalate, 4-methyl benzylidene camphor, PABA, Parabens, and Triclosan.
4. Plastic-free keeps the Red Sea clean: reduce plastic consumption, dispose of your waste properly, and recycle whenever possible.
5. Leave a Space, let the corals be: do not touch the corals, they are extremely fragile and are easily damaged.
6. Fish should only eat from the sea: do not feed them our food (like bread and rice) to avoid creating disruptions in their digestive system.
September 16th: International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
The ozone layer, a fragile shield of gas, protects the Earth from the harmful portion of the rays of the sun, thus helping preserve life on the planet. The United Nations marks this day to celebrate the success in tackling ozone depletion, as well as reminding people to remain vigilant and tackle any illegal source of ozone-depleting substances as they arise.

September 22nd: World Car Free Day
This event highlights the numerous benefits of going car-free to citizens—including reduced air pollution and the promotion of walking and cycling in a safer environment.

1. Netflix Documentary: "A LIFE ON OUR PLANET "

This documentary projects the next few years and the current climate change crises happening and expected to happen if greenhouse gas emissions are not drastically reduced

2. Youtube Video: "A Creative Approach To Climate Change by Finnegan Harries "

This short YouTube video highlights how climate change is real and empowers one that every action matters not only that, but also how to change your approach to find solutions that satisfy Sustainability's three main pillars: economic, environmental, and social. 
Click here to watch the full video: 

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