Our ozone layer, a fragile gas shield protecting our planet from harmful rays of sun, helping preserve life on Earth. September 16th marks the U.N’s official International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. This year, we celebrate 35 years of global ozone protection.
In the late 1970s, scientists discovered that humanity was creating a hole in the ozone layer and raised the alarm. The hole – caused by ozone-depleting gases (ODSs) used in aerosols and cooling, such as refrigerators and air-conditioners – was threatening to increase cases of skin cancer and cataracts, and damage plants, crops, and ecosystems. Without the ozone layer, the energy emanating from the sun would be too much for life on Earth to exist as we know it.
The global response was decisive, in 1985 the world’s governments adopted the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer. Under which governments, scientists and industry worked together to cut out 99 percent of all ozone-depleting substances. Thanks to massive support from the people and a true desire for change, our ozone layer is now healing and is expected to make a full recovery by mid-century.
Without our ozone layer, life as we know it would not exist.
World Ozone Day celebrates this achievement. It shows that collective decision making and action taking, led by science, are the only way to solve major environmental issues. During these days of global turmoil, this message of working together in harmony and for the common good is more important than ever. The slogan of the day, ‘Ozone for life’, reminds us that not only is the ozone layer crucial for life on Earth, but also that we must continue to protect the ozone layer for future generations.
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It’s during these times that we must work together as a community and pitch in to heal our environment. With the help of our planting partner American Forests, we’re planting trees all across America, making our environment stronger and more resilient. Bringing new life to lost habitats, helping our planet filter the air we all breathe, restoring balance in eco-systems almost gone forever. Our community is making a difference every day, as the saying goes, every one of us can make a difference, together we create change.