School Kids In Bhutan Observe World Ozone Day With The Theme - 32 Years And Healing


On 16 September, the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer or World Ozone Day is celebrated globally.

(Source: Newsd)


By Kelzang Choden BBS

To mark World Ozone Day, the National Environment Commission Secretariat of Bhutan is organising World Ozone Day throughout the Nation, in collaboration with 20 dzongkhags (districts) to take forward sensitisation on the impact of Ozone Layer Depletion at the regional level.

More about World Ozone Day

On 16 September, the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer or World Ozone Day is celebrated globally.

32 years ago, on this day, 197 countries signed a treaty to phase out the use of the substances that would harm or deplete the ozone layer. 


Source: UN Environment


The ozone layer is a part of the atmosphere that has high concentrations of ozone (a gas made of three oxygen atoms O3), compared to oxygen molecules that exist in nature as a pair of oxygen atoms.

It exists 10km to 40km above the surface of the earth in a region called the stratosphere and contains 90 percent of all the ozone in the atmosphere.

The theme for this year celebrates over 32 years of remarkable international cooperation to protect the ozone layer and the climate under the Montreal Protocol.

The Protocol has led to the successful phase-out of 99 per cent of ozone-depleting chemicals in refrigerators, air-conditioners and many other products.

Events which took place at Bjemina Primary School

In Thimphu, the capital, the day was observed at Bjemina Primary School. The students of the school which is under Mewang Gewog celebrated World Ozone Day with the theme - 32 years and healing. 


Photo: BBS


This theme is a motivational rallying call for all of us to carry on with the exemplary work of protecting the ozone layer and the climate under the Montreal Protocol. 

It’s been 32 years since the world has come together to restore and protect the Ozone layer. Thus to ensure healthy living on earth, Bhutan continues to create awareness to its people on the importance of the ozone layer.

“The school has committed not to use vehicles on the 2nd day of every month and also made a commitment that they will not use electricity for two hours on that day so I think it will be replicated in other schools too,” said Dorji Tshering, the Thimphu Dzongda.

Many events are celebrated in the cities and town but this time the National Environment Commission decided to celebrate World Ozone Day away from the capital to educate all the school children and the local government officials.

Inculcating the importance of protecting the ozone layer in young Bhutanese

“Students have varieties of the programme starting from the quiz competition which focuses on protecting ozone layer especially like how ozone is depleted which is due to a substance like CFC (chlorofluorocarbon),” added Sonam Gyalpo, the programme coordinator for World Ozone Day celebrations.

Through this programme, the students are encouraged to use ozone friendly appliances and be an ozone ambassador to protect the ozone layer.

Bhutan further plans to continue this program in every dzongkhag to create awareness on the importance of ozone layer depletion.


This article first appeared in BBS and has been edited for Daily Bhutan.


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