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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has joined the World to celebrate World Ozone Day, an International Day for the preservation of the Ozone Layer in Sunyani in the Brong-Ahafo Region. World Ozone Day is celebrated every year on the 16th September to underscore the importance of the ozone layer and its role in human health and the environment. It also serves as a reminder to decision makers and the public on the need to protect the Ozone layer that serves as a shield and safeguards the earth and the lives of humans from the harmful ultraviolent rays of the sun. As part of the celebration, the 30th since its inception, the Brong-Ahafo Regional EPA has organised a seminar for some selected Senior High Schools to educate them on topics related to the Ozone Layer, climate change as well as ozone depletion. The theme for the 30th anniversary is “30 Years of Healing the Ozone Together”. Welcoming the Students, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Director of the Environmental Protection Agency, Dr. Francis Nyagbenu, said the depletion of the Ozone layer is a global environmental challenge, indicating that the depletion is due to the manufacture, use and release into the atmosphere of various Ozone Depleting Substances (ODSs) through human activities. He said the Ozone Unit of the EPA has been responsible for coordinating the implementation of various programmes to make good decisions within companies that result in ozone friendly actions. Mr. Nyagbenu admonished individuals to help in reducing the damage to the ozone layer by buying refrigerators that are ozone friendly. The Director further charged the youth of the country to play a vital role to save the ozone layer from depletion. The Head of Climate Change and Ozone of the EPA, Emmanuel Osae-Quansah, touched on the importance of the Ozone Layer, saying it absorbs most of the harmful ultraviolent radiation emanating from the sun, adding any damage to the ozone layer allow more radiation to reach the surface of the earth. He mentioned skin cancer, reduction in the quality and nutrition value of crops and low soil fertility as some of the effects of depleted.

Source: Biiya Mukusah Ali/http://newspaper.developghana.com/      

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