What can we do to reduce pollution and damage to the ozone layer?
September 16 is International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. As in other countries, authorities in Laos are organising activities to mark the day. Vientiane Times asked members of the public for their thoughts on ways to preserve the ozone layer and protect our environment.

Ms Tanuod Sisaenphone, a student at the National University of Laos: Preservation of the ozone layer means reducing the use of chemicals that destroy it, especially refrigerants, carbon dioxide and other poisonous gases that are caused by human activities. I think everyone in the world should pay greater attention to preserving the ozone layer by reducing the use of the chemicals that destroy it, and we should also preserve our forests. We should include this topic in school textbooks to educate children about the dangers to the ozone layer. We should hold activities that focus on ozone layer preservation, ozone depletion and climate change. Every country should run campaigns about this issue.

Ms Kingtavanh, an official in Vientiane: I think we should stop felling trees and do a lot more to protect and preserve our forests, to create a greener world. We should also reduce the amount of garbage we generate to help cut down on methane, a potent greenhouse gas that destroys ozone. We should stop burning garbage. Manufacturers should design products with minimal environmental impact and use recyclable materials for packaging. Authorities should do more advertising and run campaigns to raise awareness about the need to preserve the ozone layer. The public should have greater understanding on this issue and actively preserve the ozone layer.

Ms Thongvan Inthavong, a college student in Vientiane: As we know, global warming is a big problem for our planet. It is more difficult to slow the process without the cooperation of every single person and company. I think we should start with a lifestyle revolution by reducing our impact on nature and the environment. Then we should reduce emissions from factories and vehicles because they play a major role in climate change. We need to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide, chemicals and other pollutants in the atmosphere. Meanwhile, we should preserve forests and the environment and make our world sustainable and green.

Ms Keota, an employee in Champassak province: As we know, the ozone layer is a fragile shield of gas that helps to protect the Earth from the harmful rays of the sun, thus helping preserve life on the planet. So it’s essential to protect and preserve the ozone layer as much as possible. I think there are many ways to do this, but first of all we should not burn garbage, especially plastic, because when it is burned more carbon is released into the atmosphere. We should also stop using chemicals that destroy the ozone layer. The authorities should do more to encourage people and communities to come together to resolve this issue.

Mr Ton Chanthasuay, a resident of Hadxaifong district: I think vehicles are the main emitters of greenhouse gases. We need to reduce the number of vehicles that use fossil fuel because this will help reduce pollution. We would also save money and be healthier. All countries and individuals should be aware of this issue and actively work to save the world and preserve the ozone layer, which is damaged day by day due to pollution and industrial activities. Developed countries should serve as an example to undeveloped countries in ozone preservation and help them by providing the necessary materials, techniques and funding. Industrial countries should lead other nations in preventing pollution because they are among the top pollution producers and damage the ozone more than others.

By Lamphone Pasanthong
(Latest Update September 17, 2018)

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