16 September Is the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

In 1994, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 16 September to be the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer commemorating the date when the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was signed in 1987.

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Ozone protects the life on the Earth from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation. The decrease in the ozone layer is due to the harmful effects of various substances, in particular gases used in the mechanisms of cooling devices (refrigerators, air conditioners) and fire protection systems (fire extinguishers). For the first time, scientists noticed a decrease in ozone concentration over Antarctica in 1975. However, this information was published only 10 years later. An area of a significant reduction in ozone concentration is called the ozone hole.

The International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is at the same time the first day of the European Mobility Week, when we are making efforts to reduce the use of private cars and, as a result, reduce greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.

If you are not indifferent to the problems of the ozone layer destruction and atmospheric pollution and would like to devote your professional life to environmental protection, we recommend that you choose the Environment study programme at the University of Nova Gorica. For additional information, send us an email or use the online chat on our website!