Heart Care Foundation of India organises an awareness event on World Ozone Day New Delhi, September 16, 2016: To mark World Ozone Day, an awareness initiative was organised by leading National NGO – the Heart Care Foundation of India at SD Public School today. With support from the Ministry of Earth Sciences, a series of inter-school competitions were organised. Over 200 students from across 15 schools participated in painting, slogan making and debate competitions, all aimed at educating students about the need to preserve the ozone layer and the effects of its depletion on one’s health and well-being. Dr N V Kamat, Former Director Health Services, Govt. of NCT Delhi was the Chief Guest for the event. In his statement, he said that it is the responsibility of each and every parent to teach their children the importance of preserving one’s environment and encourage the adoption of environmentally friendly practices at home. Ozone layer depletion increases the amount of UVB that reaches the Earth’s surface. Laboratory and epidemiological studies demonstrate that UVB causes non-melanoma skin cancer and plays a major role in malignant melanoma development. In addition, UVB has been linked to the development of cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s lens. Stressing the need to raise awareness, Padma Shri Awardee, Dr KK Aggarwal – President Heart Care Foundation of India and President-Elect Indian Medical Association said, “Ozone layer depletion can have damaging effects on one’s health and it is crucial that awareness is raised about ways to protect one’s environment and safeguard the health and well-being of the future generations. We thank SD Public School for allowing us to conduct this activity and the participating schools for joining hands to start conversation around the importance of preserving the ozone layer” September 16 was designated by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. The celebration of this day is made to pay our homage to the ozone layer, which saves our earth from the harmful ultra–voilet radiation of the Sun. 14% of the energy, which comes in the form of ultra violet radiation gets absorbed by the ozone layer, thus saving the earth from the harmful effects like over warming of the earth or deadly diseases. Navjyoti Foundation School was the winner of both the middle and senior category painting and slogan making competition. Stanford school won the senior category debate competition and the middle category was bagged by Darshan Academy. The participants were provided certificates and the winners’ cash prizes. Three ways to prevent ozone layer depletion 1. A very easy way to control ozone depletion would be to limit or reduce the amount of driving as vehicular emissions eventually result in smog, which is a culprit in the deterioration of the ozone layer. Car-pooling, taking public transport, walking, using a bicycle would limit the usage of individual transportation. 2. Usage of eco-friendly and natural cleaning products for household chores is a great way to prevent ozone depletion. This is because many of these cleaning agents contain toxic chemicals that interfere with the ozone layer. 3. Pesticides may be an easy solution for getting rid of the weed, but are harmful to the ozone layer. The best solution for this would be to try using natural remedies, rather than heading out for pesticides.