This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the Montreal Protocol. The protocol is an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production and use of numerous substances that are responsible for ozone depletion. This year’s theme is “32 Years and Healing.”
“For over three decades, the Montreal Protocol has done much more than shrink the ozone hole; it has shown us how environmental governance can respond to science, and how countries can come together to address a shared vulnerability. I call for that same spirit of common cause and, especially, greater leadership as we strive to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change and mobilize the ambitious climate action we so urgently need at this time.” –UN Secretary-General António Guterres
This day we celebrate the fact that through worldwide international action, the phaseout of controlled uses of ozone depleting substances has not only helped protect the ozone layer for this and future generations, but has also contributed significantly to global efforts to address climate change. On this day we remind each other that we must keep up the efforts to protect not only people, but the health of the planet, by protecting the ozone layer. This effort is essential to curbing climate change. Let us be vigilant so that the gains accomplished will be maintained and improved upon as we strive to meet the Paris Agreement goals.
God, we thank you for the gifts of creation and the gift of Earth. We are grateful for the successful effort that we have made to protect the ozone shield which deflects harmful components of the sun’s rays. We ask that you give us the determination and courage to continue our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint, live sustainably and protect our planet.