Posts Tagged ‘Ozone Layer’

Once a week, I am offering up a tip or action or idea that we can all engage with to work towards living in ways that allow for more health and wellbeing for all aspects of the planet. Last week we talked about reusable shopping bags.

Hole is the ozone layer (blue) over Antarctica. Photo: Vox.

This week the green thought is about the ozone layer in honor of the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer which will be tomorrow. The ozone layer is a thin layer of gas in the Earth’s atmosphere with a high concentration of ozone (O3). This layer is extremely important because ozone absorbs many of the types of rays produced by the sun that are harmful to living organisms. However, chemicals such as halocarbons and chlorofluorocarbons destroy ozone. These chemicals are found in common household items such as air conditioners, refrigerators, fire extinguishers, some foams, and many aerosols. The resulting ozone depletion is a contributing factor in cancer rates and other health impacts.

One solution is to stop purchasing and using products that contain these ozone-depleting chemicals. There are many products that contain ozone-depleting chemicals, but there are also many that do not. By carefully selecting things like cleaning supplies and home appliances, we can all help drive the market away from producing items that harm the ozone layer and towards products that leave the ozone layer intact. Reducing carbon consumption will also help as the burning of fossil fuels is another source of ozone-depleting chemicals. Buying local, driving less, and making our homes more energy efficient are all helpful steps.

What do you think of these thoughts and the solution? Is this a step you will take? Do you have any other solution ideas?

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