At the United Nations General Assembly, 191 member countries declared September 16th to be World Ozone Day. This holiday commemorates the date in 1987 on which the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was signed into effect by 38 countries (including the United States and China). The protocol was an international agreement that banned or phased out chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and other ozone-depleting chemicals, and helped return levels of ozone-destroying pollutants to those found before 1980.
What is World Ozone Day?
The International Day for Preservation of Ozone Layer is an international day celebrated annually on 16 September. It was established following a recommendation by United Nations General Assembly Resolution 48/162 and approved by Resolution 49/119. The goal of World Ozone Day is to increase public awareness of ozone depletion and its effects, as well as to promote solutions for reducing or eliminating ozone-depleting substances worldwide.
How to Celebrate World Ozone Day
On 16 September each year, events are held around the world to spread information about ozone depletion and to promote sustainable alternatives. The celebrations usually take place in schools, communities, government institutions, offices and factories. Anyone can organize an event. Some schools have quizzes on ozone layer issues or have students write letters to politicians about ozone protection.
Awards can be given for creative ideas or presentations on solutions for fixing ozone layer problems, including ways of reducing CFCs in products. There are many ways of celebrating World Ozone Day! It is also an opportunity to remember all those who are working hard every day to ensure that we do not further damage our fragile atmosphere. One way of doing so is by supporting groups that work with governments on international agreements that will protect our planet for future generations.
Facts About the Ozone Layer
Every year, over 350 million people around the world suffer from respiratory ailments as a result of air pollution. In fact, outdoor pollution is now linked to as many deaths as malaria and tuberculosis. Although ozone depletion is an international issue with serious implications on public health and global climate change, we have come a long way in protecting our ozone layer since its discovery in 1930.
The success of Montreal Protocol can be attributed to strong international collaboration and science-based policy making: A total of 197 countries including Australia ratified and continue to implement Montreal Protocol that not only provided answers but also answers to reduce greenhouse gases emissions leading us into clean energy solutions.
Why We Should Celebrate World Ozone Day
Every year on September 16, governments, NGOs and individuals come together to help raise awareness of ozone depletion. But what exactly is World Ozone Day? How do we know that ozone is being depleted? And most importantly, what can we do about it? Here are just a few things you might not have known about World Ozone Day.
What is the ozone layer?
The ozone layer is a gas-phase stratospheric layer that absorbs ultraviolet radiation emitted by the sun. It protects living organisms on Earth from ultra violet rays which can cause skin cancer and cataracts, among other diseases. Without it, life would not exist as we know it. For these reasons, it’s no surprise that an international treaty was signed in 1987 to protect it from depletion, leading to its official establishment as World Ozone Day. The health of our planet depends on an abundant ozone layer so let’s all celebrate by joining together to save it! Here are some ways you can participate