World Ozone Day 2020 – Ozone For Life!

There are problems that human beings should not interfere in the environment and this is also true. For our protection, all humans on earth have been placed in the middle of a protective shield which is being contaminated by humans nowadays. People may not know much about the ozone layer, but it acts as a protective shield for the Earth and the Environment and protects it from the sun’s dangerous ultraviolet rays. 

In this era of technology, man is killing everything that is hindering his progress. Similarly, for his comfort and convenience, man is determined to destroy the ozone layer which protects him from the dangerous ultraviolet rays emanating from the sun. The ozone layer that saved our lives has become a threat today due to the industrial activities that have taken place day after day.

What is Ozone after all?

Ozone is a light blue gas that is a compound of three atoms of oxygen (O3). The ozone layer is generally found between 10 km to 50 km above the ground level. This gas acts as a good filter for ultraviolet rays emanating from the Sun.

Danger from damage in ozone layer

The ozone layer is very important which protects us from the sun’s dangerous ultraviolet rays. If the ozone layer is damaged then all skin diseases can occur in humans.
Without the ozone layer, we cannot survive because these rays can cause cancer, damage to crops and threat to marine organisms and the ozone layer protects us from these ultraviolet rays. Another danger is the melting of the poles due to this. There is a large hole in ozone in Antarctica. The Antarctica region has large icebergs. If these icebergs melt, coastal areas can face many hazards, including flooding. Apart from this, heat will also increase, which will be harmful. Damage to the ozone layer also affects biological diversity and can destroy many crops. They have an effect on microorganisms. Apart from this, it also affects small plants in the sea, which can reduce the quantity of fish and other animals. 

History of World Ozone Day

Keeping in mind the importance of the ozone layer, work has been done to protect it from the last decade. But on January 23, 1995, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution to celebrate December 16 as International Ozone Day to bring awareness to people all over the world. At that time, the goal was to create an ozone friendly environment by 2010 across the world. Although the target is still far away, the world has done remarkable work in the direction of saving the ozone layer. 

The result of the exercise to protect the ozone layer is that today ozone-friendly fridges, coolers etc. have come in the market. To protect this layer it is necessary that foam mattresses are not used. Use of plastic should be minimized. Room fresheners and chemical perfumes should not be used and ozone-friendly refrigerators, air conditioners should be used only. Apart from this, the design of your house should be done in an ozone-friendly manner, using natural sources for light, air and energy. 

We have got this earth as an inheritance which we also have to give to the coming generation. We should take such a path that not only benefits us but also our upcoming generations can enjoy this very beautiful earth.