Senior High Schools observe International Ozone Day in GhanaOct 5, 2016
An International Day for the Preservation of the ozone layer has been held at Takoradi in the Western Region to increase students’ knowledge about the depletion of the ozone layer. The event was organized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as part of Ghana’s efforts to implement the Montreal Protocol on the Ozone Layer.
The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is an international treaty established in 1987 to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production and consumption of numerous substances that are responsible for ozone depletion.
Over 500 students from seven second cycle institutions in the region participated in the event. They include Ghana Secondary Technical, St Johns Senior High, Adiembrah Senior High, Fijai Senior High, Takoradi Technical Institute, Ahantaman Senior High and Takoradi Senior High.
The headmaster of Ghana Secondary Technical School (GSTS) Mr. Samuel Kofi Essel who chaired the function , said students are agents of change in society and should be engaged on crucial issues such as ozone depletion and climate change so they would be better informed to help protect the environment.
He also noted, the depletion of the ozone layer has come about as a result of certain human activities such the production and use of Ozone Depleting Substance (ODS), mainly chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and halons among others. He added all effort should be made to stop their production and use since they are very perilous to the preservation of the ozone layer.
Mr. Emmanuel Osae-Quansah and Mr. Bennett Johnson Hansford both from EPA took the students through series of presentations on the causes and impact of ozone depletion as well as global and national efforts being made to address it.
Deborah Eshun, a student from Adiembrah Senior High School and Kweku Gbenyo from GSTS were excited about the opportunity to interact directly with officials from EPA to learn more about the ozone layer.