Importance of compliance and quotes

World Ozone Day, observed every September 16, celebrates decades of hard work to preserve our vital ozone layer through global cooperation.

Also known as the International Day for the Conservation of the Ozone Layer, World Ozone Day was first observed in 1995 to commemorate how the world came together through the 1987 Montreal Protocol.

Essentially, the ozone layer protects the earth from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation, but certain commonly used chemicals have been found to be “extremely damaging” to the ozone layer, thus depleting it. This led to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer in 1985. In 1987, the Montreal Protocol was signed to control these ozone-depleting substances, with the ultimate goal of “total elimination” of them.

“On this thirty-fifth anniversary, we will remember how the Montreal Protocol ended one of the greatest threats facing humanity: the depletion of the ozone layer,” the United Nations (UN) stated. “When the world found out that man-made chemicals used in aerosol sprays and refrigeration put a hole in the sky, they came together.”

Today, the ozone layer continues to heal and protects us from UV rays, according to the UN. The move also helped fight climate change, with estimates of a further 2.5 degree global temperature rise by 2100 if the chemicals had not been banned.

Until 2008, the Montreal Protocol was the “first and only UN environmental agreement to be ratified by every country in the world,” demonstrating the importance of global cooperation in the quest to protect our planet.

“In the face of a triple planetary crisis – climate change, nature loss and pollution – the Montreal Protocol is one of the finest examples we have of the power of multilateralism; how global cooperation can protect life on earth, which is the subject of this document to mark the 35th anniversary of World Ozone Day,” said Meg Seki, Executive Secretary of the Ozone Secretariat of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

On this day, let’s look at some quotes that might inspire you to do something for the planet. (Courtesy of Brainy Quote, AZ Quotes and the UN)

  • “I think we’re slow learners as a group, but we’re learning. The ozone layer is still there.” -Eden Robinson
  • “The ozone hole is a kind of heavenly writing. At first it seemed to reflect our continued complacency in the face of a witch’s brew of mortal danger. But maybe it really does tell about a newfound talent working together to protect the global environment.” -Carl Sagan
  • “Climate change and ozone depletion are two global problems that are different but have many connections. In the case of ozone depletion, we managed to work effectively with decision makers, resulting in an international agreement called the Montreal Protocol, which essentially solved the ozone depletion problem.” -Mario J. Molina
  • “If you don’t know how to fix it, please stop damaging it.” -Severn Cullis Suzuki
  • “The Montreal Protocol and the Kigali Amendment show us that by acting together, anything is possible. So let’s act now to slow climate change, feed the world’s hungry and protect the planet we all depend on.” – Antonio Guterres

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