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When is International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer (UN) in 2020?

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer (UN) in 2020 is on the Wednesday, 16th of Sep (9/16/2020).

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer (UN) is on the 260th day of 2020. There are 106 days left in the year.

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer (UN) Facts

  • Date: Sep 16, 2020
  • International
  • Also Called: World Ozone Layer Day, Ozone Layer Day, Ozone Day
  • Celebrations: Educate others about the importance of the ozone layer
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Also called World Ozone Layer Day, Ozone Layer Day or Ozone Day, this holiday is observed on September 16th every year. The ozone layer is a layer in the atmosphere that absorbs up to 99% of the Sun’s UV radiation. Otherwise, this ultraviolet light could potentially damage living things and creatures on earth. The World Ozone Day main aim is to protect the ozone by controlling human activities that could potentially deplete it.

History of World Ozone Layer Day

On September 16, 1987, leaders from twenty-four countries across the globe participated in an event dubbed Montreal Protocol. Although these leaders pledged to reform environmental impacts in their individual countries, it was not until 1995 that the first Ozone Layer Day was held.

The UN General Assembly chose the date September 16th as the official International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer so that it could coincide with the day Montreal Protocol was held.

Today, the commemoration of this holiday aims at raising awareness of the fragile nature of the ozone layer and the significant role it plays to the current and future generations.

How to Celebrate the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

The best way to mark International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is to educate others about the importance of the ozone layer and why we need to protect it. Education is vital considering that the ozone layer is virtual and invisible and some people might have no understanding of the importance of such.

The United Nations Environment Programme creates a different theme every year all geared towards the protection of the fragile ozone layer. Some examples of past topics include A Healthy Atmosphere, The Future We Want, Save Life on Earth among others.

On this day, schools create classroom activities focusing on topics related to the ozone layer. Some teachers make use of UNEP educational packages specially tailored to address the issue of the ozone layer, ozone depletion, and climate change. In most cases, students engage in Ozone Layer Day essay writing competitions to help them get a deeper understanding of this topic.

Other activities organized by local community groups, NGOs and individuals may include the promotion of ozone-friendly products, concerts, and events educating people on ozone protection.

Importance of the Ozone Layer

Although Ozone is just one of the many layers within the Earth’s atmosphere, it is considered the most important for its ability to absorb almost all the medium frequency UV rays from the sun.

The discovery of the ozone layer happened in 1913 and the proprietors were two physicists namely Henri Buisson and Charles Fabry. Since then, the layer has become a vital feature in scientific studies about climate change.

The ozone layer thickness varies from time to time due to changes in proximity to the sun. Scientists have however revealed that the layer is gradually depleting due to human activities such as carbon emissions from industrialized countries. Modern scientists, therefore, urge governments and other related organizations to strive on reducing carbon emissions as this will gradually reduce the depletion process.

Which Substances Deplete The Ozone Layer?

Chlorofluorocarbon which is an organic compound containing carbon, chlorine, and fluorine is one of the main ozone layer depleting substances. CFC was developed back in the 1930s for purposes of refrigeration and as a propellant in spray cans. The compound was an alternative to dangerous substances like ammonia.

Although the usage of CFC grew enormously over the years, many countries have banned them in the recent past. CFCs are linked to introducing chlorine and other chemicals into the ozone layer, a move that can potentially destroy enormous amounts of ozone and hence contribute to its depletion.

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer (UN) Observances

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FridayFriJan 11, 2019Jan 11International Thank-You Day
WednesdayWedJan 30, 2019Jan 30World Leprosy Day
TuesdayTueFeb 12, 2019Feb 12Darwin Day
ThursdayThuFeb 21, 2019Feb 21International Mother Language Day
FridayFriFeb 22, 2019Feb 22World Thinking Day
FridayFriMar 01, 2019Mar 01International Day of the Seal
FridayFriMar 08, 2019Mar 08International Women's Day
FridayFriMar 15, 2019Mar 15Red Nose Day
WednesdayWedMar 20, 2019Mar 20World Frog Day
ThursdayThuMar 21, 2019Mar 21World Down Syndrome Day
FridayFriMar 22, 2019Mar 22World Water Day
SaturdaySatMar 23, 2019Mar 23World Meteorological Day
SundaySunMar 24, 2019Mar 24World TB Day
SaturdaySatMar 30, 2019Mar 30Earth Hour
TuesdayTueApr 02, 2019Apr 02International Children's Book Day
SundaySunApr 07, 2019Apr 07World Health Day
FridayFriApr 12, 2019Apr 12Yuri's Night
WednesdayWedApr 17, 2019Apr 17International Special Librarian's Day
SundaySunApr 21, 2019Apr 21International Creativity and Innovation Day
MondayMonApr 22, 2019Apr 22Earth Day
TuesdayTueApr 23, 2019Apr 23World Book Day
ThursdayThuApr 25, 2019Apr 25World Malaria Day
ThursdayThuApr 25, 2019Apr 25World Penguin Day
FridayFriMay 03, 2019May 03World Press Freedom Day
SundaySunMay 05, 2019May 05International Midwives Day
WednesdayWedMay 08, 2019May 08World Red Cross Day
FridayFriMay 10, 2019May 10World Lupus Day
SundaySunMay 12, 2019May 12International Nurses Day
MondayMonMay 13, 2019May 13IEEE Global Engineering Day
WednesdayWedMay 15, 2019May 15International Day of Families
SaturdaySatMay 18, 2019May 18International Museum Day
TuesdayTueMay 21, 2019May 21World Day for Cultural Diversity
WednesdayWedMay 22, 2019May 22International Day for Biological Diversity
ThursdayThuMay 23, 2019May 23World Turtle Day
FridayFriMay 24, 2019May 24World Schizophrenia Day
SaturdaySatMay 25, 2019May 25Towel Day
FridayFriMay 31, 2019May 31World No-Tobacco Day
MondayMonJun 03, 2019Jun 03World Bicycle Day
WednesdayWedJun 05, 2019Jun 05World Environment Day
SaturdaySatJun 08, 2019Jun 08World Ocean Day
FridayFriJun 14, 2019Jun 14World Blood Donor Day
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MondayMonJun 17, 2019Jun 17World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
ThursdayThuJun 20, 2019Jun 20World Refugee Day
FridayFriJun 21, 2019Jun 21International Yoga Day
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ThursdayThuJul 11, 2019Jul 11World Population Day
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ThursdayThuAug 08, 2019Aug 08Universal & International Infinity Day
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ThursdayThuOct 03, 2019Oct 03World Temperance Day
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ThursdayThuNov 14, 2019Nov 14World Diabetes Day
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SaturdaySatNov 16, 2019Nov 16International Day for Tolerance
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SaturdaySatNov 30, 2019Nov 30International Computer Security Day
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