To commemorate the United Nations International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, Glow Initiative for Economic Empowerment (GLEE) under the auspices of their environmental program; Climate Smart Nigeria with support from Access Bank Plc have planned series of educative programs for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer that will run from the 16th to 21st September, 2018.
The programs cut across; a one week social media Ozone literacy campaign, Educative program for 500 students, door to door campaign as well as Market outreach and education of over 1000 market women, hence, boosting individual and group awareness of the Ozone layer, its depletion as well as the role of everyone.
According to the Founder of Glow Initiative for Economic Empowerment [GLEE] and Climate Smart Nigeria, Glory Oguegbu, the ozone layer depletion has led to an increase in diseases such as skin cancer and death of plants and animals.
“Most people have heard about the ozone layer but not so many know what it really means. The ozone layer is a layer in the earth’s stratosphere at an altitude of about 10 km (6.2 miles) containing a high concentration of ozone, which absorbs most of the ultraviolet radiation (UV rays) reaching the earth from the sun. This layer absorbs 97 to 99 percent of the Sun’s medium-frequency ultraviolet light which otherwise would potentially damage exposed life forms near the surface.
“From the 1970s, the depletion of the ozone layer started to capture the attention of the scientists, environmentalists, and the world community at large. There had been a lot of research on this topic over these years to find out all the possible causes that lead to this problem and the effects of ozone depletion. The main things that lead to destruction of the ozone gas in the ozone layer are low temperatures, increase in the level of chlorine and bromine gases in the upper stratosphere. But the one and the most important reason for ozone layer depletion is the production and emission of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). The ozone layer is a very important element of environmental wellbeing. September 16 was designated by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.
“We cannot continue to let this happen. There are steps we can take to combat the menace. Reports from World gallop poll shows that 70% of Nigerians are not aware of climate change whose major boost is the Ozone layer depletion. At Glow Initiative and Climate Smart Nigeria, our whole goal is to promote economic and environmental wellbeing of Nigerians through targeted economic development initiatives and climate literacy program to groom the next generation of leaders who will shape the future and change the world.” Oguegbu explained.
Aside the physical outreaches, Oguebgu explained that the weeklong project will in total reach 1 million members of the online community with ozone layer action information using illustrated infographics and accompanying explanatory articles to boosts the knowledge of internet users on how best they can protect the ozone layer and also save lives.
Speaking further, Oguegbu said, “the ozone layer is a layer in the earth’s stratosphere at an altitude of about 10km (6.2 miles) containing a high concentration of ozone, which absorbs most of the ultraviolet radiation (UV rays) reaching the earth from the sun. From 1970s the depletion of the ozone layer started to capture the attention of scientist, environmentalist and the world community at large, and there had been a lot of research on this topic over these years to find out all possible causes that lead to this problem and the effect of Ozone depletion.”
“The program targeted market women because market women are the important part of environmental campaigns. The program will educate them about the importance of the ozone layer using illustrative graphics and also teach them what role they can play to protect the ozone layer.
Additionally, children are leaders of today and at this age they are impressionable. Children are to be trained using intentionally designed brochures filled with information of the actual concept of the ozone layer, its depletion and action to be taken to curb it,” Oguegbu added.
“Through the support of our donor Access Bank PLC, we plan to hold a one day door to door education outreach using our simple informative brochure to train the average man on the ozone menace and teach them little activities and steps they can undertake to create changes,” Oguegbu concluded.
Glow Initiative and Climate Smart Nigeria is a non-governmental organization that seeks to promote economic and environmental wellbeing of Nigerians through targeted economic development initiatives and climate literacy programs to groom the next generation of leaders who will shape the future and change the world.