The O-Zone

The O-Zone

by Roman Sandoval

It's a hot summer day in the city. Pollution is on the rise, threatening to burn away the O-Zone. It's up to you to save the city!

Facts About the Ozone

  • NASA reported that in the year 2000, the hole in the ozone layer was three times larger than the United States. The good news is that the ozone can repair itself when we reduce harmful pollution.
  • To cut back the release of harmful chemicals into the air, countries came together to sign the Montreal Protocol in 1987. To date, 183 countries have signed this international treaty, agreeing to gradually stop producing the substances responsible for the hole in the ozone.
  • The Montreal Protocol represents the kind of success that can be achieved when countries work together to tackle global problems.
  • Now it is time to go even further to protect ourselves and our environment. 140 countries have signed the Kyoto treaty which will further reduce greenhouse gases. Though the United States did not sign this treaty, it's not too late for us to to do something. It is time to start thinking about smart solutions and strategies beyond Kyoto, in which the United States should take a leadership role.