TEMPO.CO, Jakarta –Every September 16 is celebrated as World Ozone Day or International Conservation Day Ozone layer.
It is also an impetus to commemorate the signing of the Montreal Protocol, which has greatly contributed to the elimination of the depletion of the ozone layer. Both were able to raise awareness about the importance of protecting the ozone layer from harm.
Launch National Geographic, The ozone layer plays an important role in maintaining the survival of the earth. Thanks to the ozone layer, exposure to harmful radiation from the sun can be avoided. On the other hand, if the ozone layer is depleted due to climate change and continuous greenhouse gases, it will definitely be fatal for human survival.
“Ozone depletion can lead to increased UV radiation at ground level, which can increase the risk of skin cancer and cataracts in humans, as well as weaken the human immune system, decrease agricultural productivity and negatively impact sensitive aquatic organisms and ecosystems,” Ging-Bin said. Lu, a scientist from the University of Waterloo, Canada, quoted by Science Daily.
5 easy ways
Compiled from first post, Here are five simple ways to protect the ozone layer from damage:
- start composting
The first step to take is to reduce the amount of waste thrown into landfills every day. Avoid throwing away kitchen scraps and start composting. In this way, it will be able to prevent the accumulation of methane gas. It is also an economical solution and recycles waste in an environmentally friendly way.
- Limit the use of motorized vehicles
Then start limiting the use of motorized vehicles. Cars and motor vehicles produce carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide. Both of these compounds can be harmful to environmental ecosystems. In addition, high levels of gases produced by vehicles can harm the ozone layer.
- Reduce meat consumption
It should be noted that the entire body of a meat-producing animal is inedible, so the inedible parts must be broken down. While decomposition helps make the soil fertile. They also produce nitrous oxide which is dangerous if not reused properly. This makes poultry, dairy and beef major gas producers. Limiting meat consumption can help reduce your carbon footprint.
- 3R: Reduce, recycle and reuse
For example, this can be done by reducing the use of single-use plastic used for food packaging. Start by trying something positive, like simple refillable water bottles and burlap bags for groceries. It has a huge positive impact on the environment.
- Don’t rely on paper
Dependence on paper should start to decrease. For example, the advent of digital technology has not only brought the benefits of speed and convenience, but also given the opportunity to go paperless. So try to do everything digitally to protect our ozone layer.
Read: History and theme of World Ozone Layer Day September 16, 2022
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