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Appeal of the Director from Department of Environment for International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, 16th September, 2018
“The Theme for the 2018 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer to be marked on 16 September is: Keep Cool and Carry On!
International Day for the preservation of Ozone Layer is an annual observance. It is celebrated on 16th of September every year to spread awareness and bring attention to the depletion of the ozone layer.
            Ozone layer is a layer of ozone molecules, which is found particularly in the stratosphere layer of atmosphere ranging between 20 to 40 km. Ozone layer is formed in the atmosphere when the ultraviolet rays from the sun break a single oxygen atom. The oxygen atom then merges with oxygen and thus forms the final ozone molecule. The problem that causes the depletion of this layer occurs when the harmful sun radiations after sticking the earth surface becomes unable to leave the atmosphere.
            Most scientists agree that without the ozone layer, life on Earth will cease to exist. Water and land life would suffer as without the protection from the ozone layer people, plant and animals life will be destroyed. Even the underwater life will be destroyed with the ozone depletion. The depletion disturbs the equilibrium, there are more summers than winters, the winters also arrive irregularly, and the icebergs start melting. Moreover, the depletion of this layer is a health and nature hazard. This day plays a very crucial role as it acts as a platform to discuss with friends, family and acquaintances in terms of contributing their share towards the well being of our planet ”Earth” various companies are also launched that seek the recognition of masses and through this awareness is spread at large scale. 
            The day emphasizes on the international efforts to limit the production and release of harmful gases. This day is celebrated by organizing seminars, speeches, and national as well as international exhibitions worldwide. In schools, the annual science day is also organized and a lot of awareness is created by the means of media as well.
            On this day, I appeal to the public to preserve the ozone layer to protect atmosphere and I request all to work towards reducing global warming.
Director of Environment