By Lanre Omotoso
Depletion of Ozone layer has been attributed to smokes from burning fossil fuel, vehicles, firewood and harmful gases from air-conditioners as well as refrigerators.
A lecturer in the Department of Forest Resources and Wildlife Management, Ekiti State University, Professor Oluwayemisi Arowosoge made the observation in Ado-Ekiti in commemoration of International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.
Professor Arowosoge said continuous depletion of the Ozone layer, if not properly checked might lead to skin cancer, eye cataracts and impure immune system.
She called for planting of more trees, use of environmental friendly cooking utensils and electrical vehicles to reduce emission of carbon-dioxide to the planet.
Describing the ozone layer as a thin part of Earth’s atmosphere that absorbs almost all of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet light, the lecturer said banning of depleting substances would safeguard the Ozone layer and protect the ecosystems from unfavourable climate change.
Professor Arowosoge also discouraged the use of cosmetics that contain hydrofluorocarbons, regular service of refrigerators, air-conditioners and vehicles in order to protect human health, nature and the climate.
On December 19, 1994, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed September 16 as International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, and the theme for this year is ”Montreal Protocol: Fixing the Ozone Layer and Reducing Climate Change.”