Ozone Day (16th of September 2017)

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Ozone Day

Also known as International Day for the Preservation of Ozone Layer as well as World Ozone Day, Ozone Day is observed every year on the 16th of September. Ozone layer is a very fragile layer—a shield of gas that envelops planet Earth, protecting it from the harmful ultraviolet radiations of the sun. It is the Ozone Layer that can be accredited to the fact that life still exists on Earth, despite so many natural global threats, as it helps preserve life and the ecosystem, protecting Earth and those leaving on its surface from the otherwise strong and harmful UV rays of the sun.

30 years ago, the Montreal Protocol came into existence, as a part of the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer. This protocol was an international treaty signed by many countries, vowing to control the usage of all gases that lead to depletion of the Ozone Layer, and threaten the planet. It is due to this very protocol and the implementation of its purpose, to phaseout the production of substances jeopardizing the Ozone Layer that today we are still able to exist on this planet, despite issues of concern like climate change, global warming, etc. This step to protect the Ozone Layer has not just ensured a better human health and life, but has also managed to assure us that the future in the planet can still be just fine. It has also contributed immensely in the planet’s unified fight against climate change, which as on today, is one of the biggest global threats we are facing.

Since this year marks the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol, thus, on the 14th of September, the #OzoneHeroes campaign was launched to acknowledge and commemorate the many achievements of the Montreal Protocol in protecting the Ozone Layer and the global climate, so that the common public is aware about all of it, and how they too can contribute to the conservation of the planet. The campaign was launched by the Ozone Secretariat and as the world observes Ozone Day on the 16th of September this year, a key focus would be put on the necessary steps to be taken to phase down the hydrofluorocarbons—which are climate warming triggers, under the Kigali Amendment, which was adopted in the year 2016.

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