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Ozone depletion

My name is Tafadzwa Ashely Gore and I'm 16 years old.


Why do we care so much about the environment and ozone depletion?


Environmentalism involves all people despite race, national origin, or income,

with respect and the intention to develop, implement, and enforce

environmental laws, as well as policies to protect the ozone layer. The ozone

depletion has environmental risks of disproportionately affecting

communities.


A detailed insight of the ozone layer’s structure and behavior in

the physical and natural world through observation, experimentation, and the

testing of theories against the evidence obtained reveals how the ozone hole

increased exposure to ultraviolet radiation to the Earth’s surface has negative

effects of causing skin cancer, eye cataracts, destruction of ecosystems and

food chains. The ozone layer in the stratosphere shields living organisms from

the sun’s extreme ultraviolet radiation.


Nonetheless, the ozone hole or depletion has been caused by chlorofluorocarbons released by solvents, spray aerosols and refrigerators. The molecules of chlorofluorocarbons in the stratosphere cause chemical reactions that break down ozone molecules thus releasing chlorine atoms. In a nutshell the ozone layer is currently being destroyed more quickly than it is was naturally created. We must act.




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