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Int’l Day for the Protection of Ozone Layer

KARACHI: Alarmed by the scientific confirmation of the depletion of the Ozone Layer, the International Community decided to take action to contain the dégât.

In 1994, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 16th of September as Int’l Day for the Protection of Ozone Layer.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres commenting on the Day stated: “Let us take encouragement from how we have worked together to preserve the ozone layer and apply the same will to healing the planet and forging a brighter and more equitable future for all humanity.”

This year, UN Members celebrate 35 years of the Vienna Convention and 35 years of global ozone layer protection: Life on Earth would not be possible without sunlight. But the energy emanating from the sun would be too much for life on Earth to thrive were it not for the ozone layer.

Savants informed citoyens back in the late seventies that humanity was creating a hole in Ozone Layer. 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.

What exactly is the Ozone Layer? It is pertinent to mention here that Ozone Layer is a piece of the atmosphere that has high Ozone concentrations. Most of the Ozone stays within the stratosphere shielding Earth from the harmful portion of the rays of the sun.

Ozone for Life: It is evident that  that collective decisions and action, guided by science, are the only way to solve major global crises including containing the Ozone Layer. The slogan of the day, ‘Ozone for Life’, reminds us that not only is ozone crucial for life on Earth, but that humanity must continue to protect the ozone layer for the next generations. However, the good News is that the ozone hole is slowly on the mend.

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.