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Invitation to participate in the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol

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14th September, 2017 Many can recall the direness of ozone depletion during the 1980s, when a hole in the protective ozone film around the planet that protects Earth from overexposure to harmful ultraviolet rays was discovered. Scientists reported that, without a healthy ozone layer, all life on Earth would be negatively impacted by ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Skin cancer, cataracts, and threats to plant growth and food chains are just some of the effects caused by high exposure to ultraviolet radiation. While these threats drove the globe into crisis mode during the height of the problem, the issues of ozone depletion has faded from the public’s attention. Today, in 2017, we are moved to ask the question, “What ever happened to the ozone layer?”

As it turns out, the story of international action to protect the ozone layer remains one of unprecedented success. 2017 marks the 30thanniversary of the Montreal Protocol, the international agreement that has led to the phase-out of more than 99% of ozone-depleting chemicals and significantly contributed to climate change mitigation. The Protocol garnered the support of stakeholders from 197 countries, signaling a truly global effort to make changes for a greater good. As of today, the ozone layer is showing signs of healing and is set to recover by the middle of the century.

Building on this success, parties to the Protocol agreed last year under the Kigali Amendment to phase down hydrofluorocarbons, a group of chemicals that do not deplete the ozone layer but are powerful greenhouse gases and, thus, catalysts of climate change. Under the Kigali Amendment, the Protocol will further contribute to climate change mitigation while continuing to protect the ozone layer.

This year’s World Ozone Day celebrat5ions will commence on 16th September, 2017. The Ozone Secretariat and nations across the globe will launch a campaign at www.ozoneheroes.org to celebrate the major accomplishments of the Montreal Protocol in protecting the ozone layer and the climate, to increase public recognition of the success and impact of the Protocol, and to generate further support for the Protocol and its new mandate to phase down climate warming hydrofluorocarbons.

The ozone success story is a refreshing reminder that we are capable of solving large-scale environmental issues through cooperation and partnership, an especially significant point as we face similarly pressing global issues like climate change and marine pollution.

We hope that you will join us in this celebration by sharing the ozone success story and inspiring your audience to realize how their efforts are capable of creating tangible change.

For further information or inquiries, please contact Department of Climate Change at 27767.


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