World Ozone Day
To increase the people’s attention and awareness of what have been done to this significant layer and what may cause irrecoverable consequences and also to find some solutions and preserve it, a big celebration has been held annually since 1994 by United Nations General Assembly. This day is to indicate the 16th September of 1987 when Montreal Protocol was signed. Mainly, it aims to let the people aware of the depletion of the Ozone Layer and how serious it can be to us.
Every year on 16 September the people from all over the world are supposed to gather around in Montreal and attend some seminars and talks all about Ozone Layer, what threats it and what we are supposed to do. Annually on 14 September #ozoneheroes is launched to show the success of protection and its necessity.
But this big celebration is not limited to Montreal, it has been celebrated everywhere around the world and the educators usually use this opportunity to talk to their students about this issue to teach and emphasize on the importance of this Layer and raise their awareness.
This year, in 2018, Montreal Protocol celebrates its 30th success in protection of the Ozone Layer in the best way in Montreal.
Ozone is in danger
Having discussed about what exactly ozone layer does and having found out its strong importance, now we know we have to pay more attention to this grand protection layer in order to save our own lives. Unfortunately, mankind activities are the most harmful threats to it which made the scientists so worried.
It is said the pollution made by cars and the CFC gasses from sprays, etc. we release to the air will seriously ruin the ozone layer and consequently our lives.
Although having tried hard to prohibit the productions which contain CFC gases help to compensate a huge loss of Ozone Layer and decrease its depletion, there is still concerns to maintain this success. Some countries like Swede prohibited using sprays in order not to make any harm to this considerable layer. Because they completely realized that if the ozone layer disappears it will take the life with it.
The appearance of a rapidly growing hole in the part of the ozone layer over the Antarctic was first reported in the journal Nature in 1985, with later confirmations from NASA’s satellite data. The size of this hole grew rapidly, reaching its maximum size of 29.7million km2 in the year 2000. However, since then and as a result of the Montreal Protocol, an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by discontinuing production of the substance responsible for its depletion, the hole over Antarctica has been getting smaller.
What can we do?
Having talked about the importance of ozone layer and its huge influence on people’s lives you may have been thinking of some actions to protect it from any harm or support it. The most helpful actions of ours is,
- not to buy the products containing Ozone Layer depletion,
- to make sure if the products we purchase are CFC free, specially refrigerators and air conditioners,
- to plant as much as possible to keep the air clean,
- not to use automobiles in order not to pollute,
- to use fire extinguishers without harmful ozone-depleting chemical.