Today is a big day for raising awareness of our environment and taking care of the planet we live in as it is the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.
What is the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer?
This day commemorates the 1987 signing of the Montreal Protocol on substances and celebrates the progress in protecting the Ozone layer, working towards the phasing out of Ozone depleting chemicals. The Ozone is important as it acts as a shield to absorb UV rays to keep them from damaging the Earth’s surface so the day is used to raise awareness of the issue and provide advice on how everyone can do their bit to help.
How Can We Protect the Ozone Layer?
By phasing out the controlled use of harmful substances, you can not only help protect the Ozone layer for future generations, but also contribute significantly to global efforts to address climate change. Below are a couple of ways you can do your bit to protect the Ozone layer:
1. Minimise the Use of Cars:
Take advantage of public transport or get some much-needed exercise by walking or riding a bicycle. If driving is essential, you could try carpooling with colleagues to decrease the use of multiple cars in order to pollute less and save money.
2. Avoid Using Harmful Cleaning Products
Cleaning products containing solvents and corrosive substances are not only harmful to the environment, but also to us. Try using non-toxic cleaning products such as natural soaps, vinegar or bicarbonate of soda as alternatives.
3. Reduce Food Waste
Food waste is a worldwide epidemic. In the UK alone, 1.9 million tons of food is wasted every year with 250,000 tons of that food waste still being edible. Try planning meals, eating smaller portions, store & eat leftovers and treat expiration and sell-by dates as a guideline not a rule.
4. Avoid Consumption of Harmful Gases
Harmful gases such as CFCs are the most harmful and are commonly used in everyday aerosol cans such as deodrants, cleaning products and sun creams. Try cutting down on the use of these by purchasing natural products and liquid forms rather than gases.
5. Buy Local Produce
Try to avoid buying products which have been imported from Europe when possible. Instead visit local farmers markets and sample the local produce to help cut down on harmful gasses from transportation of goods.