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Ozone Depletion is an issue that affects each one of us, no matter where we live on this planet. Our well being, that of our future generations and of all plant and animal life on earth is dependent, to a certain extent, on conserving the ozone layer and checking its depletion. Only then will we be able to prevent the harmful UV rays from reaching the Earth’s surface.

Luckily, there is a plenty one can do, both to save the ozone layer and to protect oneself from harmful radiations. These simple steps will go a long way in ensuring the preservation of the ozone layer, thereby affording better protection for life on Earth.

Steps to Protect the Ozone Layer
One of the most critical ways in which you can protect the ozone layer is to prevent the emission of ozone–depleting substances (ODS) such as CFCs into the atmosphere. CFCs are responsible for the breakdown of ozone molecules and therefore it is important to control the amount of CFCs reaching the ozone layer. This entails phasing out the use of CFCs, to the greatest extent possible, in our day-to-day life. Where the use of CFCs is unavoidable, they should be utilized in responsible, safe ways to prevent any venting into the atmosphere.

You can ensure control over the amount of CFCs being released into the atmosphere by supporting the use of non-CFC appliances. Also if you have appliances with CFCs, ensure that good and safe practices are followed during servicing of these appliances.

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