On 16-09-2023, an awareness programme on ozone layer protection was organized by the Tripura EIACP Hub under the aegis of Tripura State Pollution Control Board (TSPCB). The programme was held at the Conference Hall of TSPCB, Agartala. The objective of the programme was to raise awareness among the students and teachers of different schools of Tripura about the importance of ozone layer and its depletion, the causes and effects of ozone layer depletion, and the measures to protect the ozone layer.

The programme was attended by students from different schools of Tripura. The main guests were Sri Animesh Das, IAS, Director of Department of Science, Technology & Environment, Government of Tripura along with Dr. Bishu Karmakar, Member Secretary, Tripura State Pollution Control Board who gave the welcome address. The key note speaker was Dr. S. D. Sharma, Assistant Professor of MBB College, who delivered a lecture on Ozone Layer, Its Importance and Protection. The vote of thanks was presented by Smt. Aparajita Das, Assistant Environmental Engineer, TSPCB & Coordinator, Tripura EIACP Hub.

The programme started with lighting of lamp and singing of our National Anthem. Then, Dr. Bishu Karmakar, Member Secretary of TSPCB welcomed the guests and participants and highlighted the significance of celebrating the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer on 16th September every year. He was followed by Sri Animesh Das who mentioned the various initiatives taken by the Government of Tripura to conserve and protect the environment and biodiversity of the state.

Next, Dr. S. D. Sharma gave a detailed presentation on the ozone layer and its protection. He explained the structure and function of the ozone layer, which is a thin layer of gas in the upper atmosphere that shields the earth from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. He also discussed the causes and consequences of ozone layer depletion, which is mainly due to the emission of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and other ozone-depleting substances (ODS) from various human activities such as refrigeration, air conditioning, aerosol sprays, etc. He emphasized that ozone layer depletion leads to various adverse impacts on human health, plants, animals and ecosystems. He also mentioned the global efforts to protect the ozone layer through the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, which is an international treaty that aims to phase out the production and consumption of ODS. He urged the students to take part in ozone layer protection by adopting eco-friendly practices such as using natural refrigerants, avoiding aerosol sprays, planting more trees, etc.

The programme concluded with a vote of thanks by Smt. Aparajita Das, who thanked all the guests, speakers and participants for their valuable contribution to make the programme a success. She also gave brief presentation on Mission LiFE and held a Pledge Taking Ceremony under Mission LiFE. She urged the students to follow sustainable lifestyle and gave simple ways for the students to follow that.