World Ozone Day is celebrated every year on 16th September as an International Day for the preservation of Ozone layer. Around 36 years back, the great minds across the world started thinking how to heal the Ozone layer which were shocked to find a hole in it. See how they worked together to bring a difference…
What is Ozone Layer and its importance
We all know that life on this earth would not have been possible without sunlight but its energy emerging from the sun is very strong for us to bear it and it is only possible because of the ozone layer that we can survive on this planet and get the right amount of sunlight while being shielded from its harmful effects. The ozone is a fragile sheet of gas that protects earth from the harmful UV rays. The presence of Ozone layer is very important for the humankind on Earth.
World Ozone Day History
Back in 1970s when some scientists were working on ozone layer, they found out that the humanity is creating a big hole in this protective shield that can destroy our planet in near future. They informed the whole world about this issue. The hole was caused because of the excessive pollution on Earth, and because of the ozone depleting gases such as (CFCs) and (HFCs) used in air conditioners and refrigerators. The humanity was well informed about the threats that this hole can cause; the less protection from ozone layer can cause skin cancer , cataract and damage in the ecosystem.
World Ozone Day: Montreal Protocol
The Montreal Protocol was a global agreement which started for the protection of ozone layer and is in run today too. It has done a wonderful job for the protection of humanity and became the most successful global agreement till date. Montreal Protocol came into existence with an aim to protect the ozone layer by controlling total global production and consumption of substances that deplete it. And a big thanks to this protocol that the ozone layer is healing.
World Ozone Day: Vienna Convention:
In 1985, the world’s government adopted Vienna Convention for the protection of Ozone layer under the Montreal Protocol. Convention protocol was adopted and signed by 28 countries, on 22 March 1985. In September 1987, under the Convention’s Montreal Protocol, governments, scientists and industry worked together to cut out 99 per cent of all ozone-depleting substances.
This year, we are celebrating the 36th successful year of the achievements by the Montreal Protocol and Vienna convention. And the very existence of celebration September 16th as World Ozone Day was to celebrate these achievements. This day reminds the humankind the importance of Ozone layer and how important it is to protect it at all cost.
A Very Happy World Ozone Day!