International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

Each year, the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is celebrated on September 16. In 1987, on this day the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was signed by 24 countries of the world. Through the Montreal Protocol, these countries committed themselves to rid the world of substances that threaten the ozone layer.

Scientific findings reveal that without the Montreal protocol, the atmospheric levels of ozone-depleting substances, could have increased ten-fold by 2015. However, it was through the concerted action by countries globally that prevented millions of cases of skin cancer.

The ozone layer is a natural layer of gas in the upper atmosphere, which protects humans and other living things from the harmful ultraviolent (UV) rays of the sun. Increased UV levels at the earth’s surface are damaging to human health. The negative effects include increased risk of skin cancers, eye cataracts, immune deficiency disorders and respiratory illnesses.

On International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, educators around the globe organize engaging and interactive classroom activities to create awareness about climate changes, ozone depletion and protecting the ozone layer. Similarly, community groups, youth groups, local organizations arrange activities and events focusing on ways to preserve the ozone layer.

As socially aware individuals, it is our responsibility to take conscious measures to create awareness about the significance of the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer within our social networks and communities and ensure that we are contributing our bit in the protection of our environment.



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