The Commissioner for Environment, Mr Chris Onogba has stated that the World Ozone Day is celebrated to create awareness and bring attention to industries, government agencies, academia, policy makers, students and the general public on the causes and consequences of Ozone layer depletion and actions to bring about its recovery.
Mr Onogba, who stated this during the 2019 World Ozone Day celebration, said that the theme for this year’s World Ozone Day was captioned; “32 Years and Healing” was to celebrate over three decades of remarkable international cooperation to protect the Ozone Layer and the climate under the Montreal protocol.
He said that scientists have reported that during these 32 years of implementing this International agreement, the Ozone hole in the Antarctica is slowly recovering.
The state commissioner for environment explained that the Journey started in the mid-1980s, when scientists discovered hole in the Ozone layer above the Antarctica region of the earth atmosphere caused by man-made chemicals such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFSS), Hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCS) and others.
Mr Onogba stated that these and other halogens were identified as the main cause for ozone depletion, saying that the substances were at one time largely used in air-conditioners, refrigerators and aerosol cars.
According to the commissioner, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed September 16 as the International Day for preservation of the Ozone Layer and was first celebrated on September 16, 1995.
The commissioner explained that the state celebrated the Ozone day because, the Montreal protocol had successfully met its objectives and continue to safeguard the Ozone Layer and also contributing to the fight against climate change.
He further said: “We must of necessity lend our voice in support of the Kigali amendment of the Montreal protocol to completely phase down the hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCS) in the next 30 years.
“Also continue to create awareness on the need to embrace renewable energies, sustainable land use options, purchase recycled products, conduct regular inspection and maintenance of air-conditioning and refrigeration appliances to prevent and minimize refrigerant leakage, and buy air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment that do not use Hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCS) as refrigerant.”