Today is "International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer"
"Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose" – Lyndon B. Johnson
The designation of today was made on December 19 1994, in commemoration of the date, in 1987, on which nations signed the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.
Montreal Protocol, formally Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer, adopted in Montreal on Sept. 16, 1987. Formed to regulate the production and use of chemicals that contribute to the depletion of our Earth's ozone layer. Initially signed by 46 countries, the treaty now has nearly 200 signatories, so a positive step forward.
WHAT IS THE OZONE LAYER?
You can help offset your Carbon at our online shop, but do you actually know what the Ozone layer really is?
The ozone layer effectively blocks almost all solar radiation of wavelengths less than 290 nano-metres from reaching Earth's surface, including certain types of ultraviolet (UV) and other forms of radiation that could injure or kill most living things.
As the amount of stratospheric ozone declines, more UV radiation reaches Earth's surface, and scientists worry that such increases could have significant effects on ecosystems and our health.
WHAT'S THE DAMAGE?
From coastal flooding, rising sea levels and biodiversity loss and extinction, the problem falls on us all, if we are to protect the planet for future generations to enjoy.
With regards to the effects on humans, the overexposure to UV is a major risk for increased skin cancer.
We have seen some improvement over the Northern Hemisphere, as the hole in the ozone layer was the size of Greenland back in 2011 and has only just recently been confirmed as healing, although this has nothing to do with COVID and the activity around the world which came to a standstill. Whilst we have made progress, we still have a long way to go…
HOW YOU CAN HELP
There are many ways you can help reduce your carbon footprint with this global challenge. At Cocabana we have partnered with Future Neutral to offer customers to offset the Carbon Footprint at the checkout. By adding a 3% donation, Future Neutral uses certified, vetted, carbon offset projects that reduce, avoid or remove greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere. The projects are implemented around the world and go beyond just removing carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases to also providing additional co-benefits that span social and environmental goals.
So, why not do your bit for the Ozone Layer and click the Future Neutral option at the shop checkout on your next purchase, or shop at retailers that support carbon offset projects.
If you run a business and would like to get involved by offering your customers the chance to offset their carbon, head over to Future Neutrals Business page for more details.
Remember, one small change goes a long way when we all do it together.