Global progress on the near-elimination of ozone-depleting substances and the trend towards the recovery of the ozone is arguably the most successful international collaboration to date. “The Montreal protocol is one of the most successful multilateral agreements in history,” said Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment.
Ozone depletion and the ozone hole have generated worldwide concern over increased cancer risks and other negative effects. The ozone layer prevents most harmful UVB wavelengths of UV light from passing through the Earth’s atmosphere. These wavelengths cause skin cancer, sunburn and cataracts which were projected to increase dramatically as a result of thinning ozone, as well as harming plants and animals. These concerns have led to the adoption of the Montreal Protocol in 1987. The protocol was widely considered a huge success since its enactment.
32 Years and Healing
The theme for this year celebrates over three decades of remarkable international cooperation to protect the ozone layer and the climate under the Montreal Protocol. It reminds us that we must keep up the momentum to ensure healthy people and a healthy planet.
Green buildings have become an important part of the sustainable development plan in many countries in a contributed effort to reduce ozone depletion. Prodesign’s efforts in designing green and sustainable projects is our contribution to the recovery of the ozone layer as advocates of a greener and better planet.
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