Ozone depletion is real and it’s no longer something we can laugh at. We need to take action on how to solve the issue.
The ozone layer acts as a sunscreen protection of the Earth. It is responsible for protecting all living things on Earth from ultraviolet rays. Due to the usage of a number of ozone depleting substances, it has gained major damages.
Destruction of the ozone layer happens when specific chemicals found in fire extinguishers, air conditioners, solvents and insulating foams are released after use and reach the atmosphere. Now, people are working towards a countermeasure to revive or at least lessen the damage. And you can contribute to the cause, too. Here’s how you can do it.
- Enactment of Montreal Protocol
The Montreal Protocol, passed in 1989, serves as an international treaty to protect the ozone layer. It bans the use of ozone-depleting chemicals as well as the manufacturing of appliances and products that affect the ozone layer. It applies to all countries in the world. There are still some ozone-depleting products in the market, but they are now regulated in small volumes. Products with CFCs and ozone-depleting chemicals have warning labels.
- Prohibition of Refrigerants
Like in the United States, the release of refrigerants is prohibited due to ozone-depleting chemicals. Refrigerants are those used in the car, home air conditioners, and UVC air purification systems. Air cleaning devices today are using negative ions, and they claim to release no ozone. However, there are still some air purifiers called ozonators which can greatly harm the ozone layer.
- Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990
The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 involves the US Environmental Protection Agency, the states, and cities. They are to execute programs that help reduce the release of ozone-forming chemicals from sources like cars, manufacturing, power plants and other customer products. Power plants and industries regulate their emissions and companies create cleaner automobiles and fuels.
- The “I Can Contribute” Mentality
You can contribute in your own little ways. There are things you can do. Though it may seem minor, you can create a big difference if you add all your efforts together. Now what are the things that you can do?
Firstly, keep your car in good condition, Make sure it does not produce black smoke. You can also try using mass transportation, carpool, ride a bike or walk to reduce instead of your car. Moreover, take part in conservation programs of utility energy. Seal containers of household cleaners, solvents, and other chemicals properly to prevent the contents from evaporating into the air. Follow the proper waste disposal of such chemicals and items. Be sure that you schedule your air conditioning unit and refrigerator for regular maintenance.
The earth and all living organisms need the ozone layer as protection. Thus, it’s only reasonable that everyone take part in regulating harmful substances that can damage it. After all, there’s no one and nothing better that humans, who caused most of the damage, to do the task.