Ozone He­roes for a day

The Sudbury Star - - NEWS -

As part of Rain­bow Dis­trict School Board’s monthly en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges, stu­dents and staff in Rain­bow schools have been in­vited to be ozone he­roes for World Ozone Day. The ozone layer, a frag­ile shield of gas, pro­tects the Earth from the harm­ful por­tion of the sun’s rays, help­ing to pre­serve life on the planet. “World Ozone Day is a fun and ed­u­ca­tional way for ev­ery­one to con­trib­ute to the con­ver­sa­tion about cli­mate change,” Norm Blaseg, di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion, said in a re­lease. “We all have a part to play in pre­serv­ing our planet for now and for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.” This year marks the 30th an­niver­sary of the Mon­treal Pro­to­col, a global agree­ment to pro­tect the ozone layer by phas­ing out the pro­duc­tion and con­sump­tion of ozone-de­plet­ing sub­stances. The pro­to­col has helped to ad­dress cli­mate change as well as pro­tect hu­man health and ecosys­tems by lim­it­ing the harm­ful ul­tra­vi­o­let ra­di­a­tion from reach­ing the earth. The #OzoneHeroes cam­paign was launched by the UN to cel­e­brate the ma­jor ac­com­plish­ments of the Mon­treal Pro­to­col. The cam­paign serves to gen­er­ate fur­ther sup­port for the pro­to­col and its new man­date to phase down cli­mate­warm­ing hy­droflu­o­ro­car­bons un­der the Ki­gali Amend­ment, adopted in 2016. The In­ter­na­tional Day for the Preser­va­tion of the Ozone Layer is Satur­day. Rain­bow schools will mark World Ozone Day on Fri­day. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit tinyurl.com/ ybr9jlcc.

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