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World Ozone Day – History and Importance of Ozone Day

World Ozone Day 2022

World Ozone Day is celebrated on 16th September every year across the world. This day is also known as International Day for the prevention of the Ozone Layer. World Ozone Day is observed to create awareness among people to protect the Ozone Layer depletion and its need. The ozone layer protects us by absorbing the harmful Ultraviolet Radiation (UV rays) of the Sun. World Ozone Day date is the 16th of September and it is observed on this date across the globe. Refer to this post to get all the details related to World Ozone Day 2022 like History, Importance, Theme, etc.

What is an Ozone Layer?

The ozone layer acts as a protective shield that absorbs the UV radiation originating from Sun, due to this the radio is not reach the earth’s surface. It is generally made up of three atoms of oxygen and is represented by the formula by O3. The ozone layer lies in the stratosphere between 15 km and 30 km above the earth’s surface.

World Ozone Day : History

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared 16th September as the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer in 1994. However, the Montreal Protocol was signed in 187, and attempts to provide an official stamp of importance to the contract were made in 1995 regards the same. This protocol which aims t  the usage of Ozone depleting chemicals was ratified by all 197 members of the UN.

Importance of Ozone Day 

As we observe the major problem against the world is ozone layer depletion. The layer gets depleted continuously so the world makes efforts to preserve it. The harmful UV radiation coming from the Sun causes cancer, snow blindness, skin aging and cataract, and other afflictions which affects human health badly. Every year, we sustain high surges of heat waves and high temperatures that are recorded especially from the Arctic Circle, Canada, and Scandinavia to North Africa, Iran, Japan, and India also. Chemicals like chlorine and bromine atoms that are released into the atmosphere due to certain activities disturb the Ozone layer.

To save the ozone layer from depletion and to protect human life from the adverse effects of UV rays World Ozone Day is celebrated worldwide. On this day various programs, campaigns, rallies, conferences, etc. are conducted to preserve the ozone layer.

World Ozone Day Theme

World Ozone Day 2022 is observed under the theme Global Cooperation Protecting life on Earth. The theme is decided to save the life of people who survive on the Earth to make protect the ozone layer and our environment.

Effects of Ozone Depletion

The ozone layer protects us from the harmful UV rays coming from the sun. The depletion of the Ozone layer may impact life on the Earth’s Planet badly. Ozone depletion also affects the environment adversely by changing the life cycles of plants and disrupting the food chain. It is responsible for the change in atmospheric patterns. Microscopic organisms such as plankton may not survive hence animals dependent on plankton will also not be able to survive. The deficit of the ozone layer may reflect in wind patterns, global warming, and other health issues for humans and other species and create problems for their survival.

Preventive Measures to Save Earth Surface from harmful UV Rays

Following efforts can be made to save the earth’s surface from harmful UV rays.

  • Promote gardening and plantation so that it will minimize pollution and absorb harmful chemical contents.
  • Stop the use of Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) containing materials such as cosmetics, hair spray fresheners, and other products.
  • Use environment-friendly fertilizers for agricultural purposes.
  • Don’t use smoke-emitting vehicles, you can prefer electric vehicles or others that do not harm the environment.
  • Do not burn plastics and rubber materials that create poisonous smoke in the environment.
  • World Ozone Day is celebrated on 16th September every year to spread awareness among people to make our environment safe and healthy and also preserve the ozone layer.

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World Ozone Day 2022 – FAQs

Que.1 When the World Ozone Day 2022 celebrated?

Ans – World Ozone Day is celebrated on 16th September worldwide.

Que.2 What is the formula to represent the Ozone?

Ans – Ozone contains three atoms of Oxygen and it is represented by O3.

Que.3 What is the position of the Ozone Layer?

Ans – The ozone layer lies in the stratosphere between 15 km and 30 km above the earth’s surface.

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