Four Golf Road
08 June 2023
On World Oceans Day, June 8th, 2023, Nudrat B. Majeed, the head of chambers at Four Golf Road, delivered an impactful talk at Minhaj University on the topic "Saving the Sea, the Sacred and Constitutional Duty of Every Student in Pakistan." She opened her talk by quoting the Prophet (PBUH) and emphasising the importance of preparing for both this life and the afterlife. She then transitioned into discussing the need for a strategy to ensure a sustainable future for both aspects of life.
She divided her talk into logical sections, adhering to the "What | Why | When | Who | How" structure. She began by outlining the expansiveness of water in Pakistan, which includes glaciers, lakes, rivers, and the Arabian Sea. The religious perspective on water was also highlighted, with references to Quranic verses that emphasise the centrality of water to all life.
Bringing things down to earth, she delved into the alarming challenges that oceans are currently facing, such as the extinction of fish populations, coral reef destruction, and pollution. She outlined the reasons for safeguarding oceans, including their role in regulating climate, providing oxygen, and supporting livelihoods.
Highlighting the connection between oceans and human life, She emphasised that over 3 billion people depend on oceans for their livelihoods. She also stressed the critical importance of water scarcity, noting that only a small fraction of the world's water supply is usable, and millions suffer from water-related diseases due to pollution.
The chronological progression of ocean suffering was analysed, including factors like climate change, pollution, excess fishing, and the negative impacts of industries and warfare. She highlighted the contributions of various countries to ocean pollution and indicated that collective action is required to address the challenges.
She passionately discussed the role of individuals in stopping the suffering of oceans. Quoting the Quran and the teachings of Prophet Muhammad PBUH, she emphasised the importance of individual responsibility in preventing pollution. She encouraged the audience to educate themselves on international laws related to oceans and suggested forming student societies dedicated to ocean conservation.
The talk concluded with a powerful message, referencing the Quran and Chief Seattle's words. She underscored the interconnectedness of humanity and the Earth, stressing the need to view the land as a shared community. She highlighted the urgency of respecting and preserving the environment for the well-being of present and future generations.
Overall, Nudrat B. Majeed's talk on World Oceans Day presented a holistic approach, combining religious teachings, scientific insights, and practical steps for individuals and societies to play an active role in preserving oceans. Her engaging discourse shed light on the urgent need for collective action to protect this vital resource and highlighted the profound impact of our choices on the Earth and all its inhabitants.