World Ozone Day 2022: Importance and Theme

World Ozone Day, also known as the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, is observed on September 16 each year to raise awareness of the ozone layer and the dangers of ozone depletion. The day’s goal is to raise awareness about the significance of preserving the ozone layer. Likewise, it shifts the emphasis to developing more effective methods for the same. Many studies have shown that the damage to the ozone layer will last for another five to ten years after it has occurred. This could make things much more difficult for them in the coming days.

The Origins of World Ozone Day

The United Nations General Assembly established September 16 as the annual International Day to Protect the Ozone Layer in 1994. To commemorate the event, the governments of 46 countries signed the “Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer” in 1987. Another name for it was the “Montreal Protocol.”

World Ozone Day 2022 Theme

The theme announced by the UN Environment Programme for International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 2022 is ‘Global Cooperation Protecting Life on Earth’. The theme not only promotes long-term growth but also recognizes the broader implications of the Montreal Accord.

Significance of Ozone Layer

This day is significant because the ozone layer absorbs the majority of the sun’s UV radiation, reducing the amount of radiation that reaches people. Because radiation is a known cause of cancer, cataracts, and other health problems, the ozone layer is critical.
According to reports, the northern hemisphere’s ozone layer thickness is decreasing by 4% per year. Man-made chlorofluorocarbons are among the most significant ozone layer destroyers.

The UN Environment Programme aims to raise awareness about the importance of eliminating ozone-depleting substances. It also calls for time-bound actions to protect the Earth’s protective shield.

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