Updated: Sep 17
Today marks the celebration of World Ozone Day which is celebrated every 16th September to throw limelight on the importance of the ozone layer and make people aware about the harmful effects of ozone depletion.
The history of World Ozone Day goes back to when The United Nations Assembly proclaimed September 16 as the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer in 1994. Governments of 46 nations around the world signed the ‘Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer’ in 1987 , also called as ‘Montreal Protocol’. This became the theme of the day which not only encourages sustainable development but also acknowledges the impact of the Montreal Protocol.
Ozone layer plays an important role as it
1. Limits the amount of radiation that reaches humans
2. Helps protect humans from getting cataract
3. Helps in preventing skin cancer and several other health-related complications.