Interview with Pune Herald

Interview with Pune Herald

If you use methyl bromide for soil fumigation, consider switching to effective and safe alternatives that are currently being used in many countries to replace this ozone-damaging pesticide. Consider options such as integrated pest management that do not rely on costly chemical inputs. If you don’t currently use methyl bromide, don’t begin to use it now (you will have to get rid of it in the future).
Be an ozone-friendly refrigeration servicing technician
Ensure that refrigerant you recover from air conditioners, refrigerators or freezer during servicing is not “vented” or released to the atmosphere. Regularly check and fix leaks before they become a problem. Help start a refrigerant recovery and recycling programme in your area.
Be an ozone-friendly office worker
Help your company identify which existing equipment (e.g. water coolers, air conditioners, cleaning solvents, fire extinguishers) and what products it buys (aerosol sprays, foam cushions/mattresses, paper correct fluid) use ozone depleting substances and develop a plan for replacing them with cost-effective alternatives. Become an environmental leader within your office.
Be an ozone-friendly company
Replace ozone-depleting substances used on your premises and in your manufacturing processes (contact your National Ozone Unit to see if you are eligible for financial and technical assistance from the Multilateral Fund). If your products contain ozone-depleting substances, change your product formulation to use alternatives substances that do not destroy the ozone layer.
Be an ozone-friendly teacher
Inform your students about the importance of protecting the environment and in particular the ozone layer. Teach students about the damaging impact of ozone depleting substances on the atmosphere, the health impacts and what steps are being taken internationally and nationally to solve this problem. Encourage your students to spread the message to their families.
Be an ozone-friendly community organizer
Informs your family, neighbours and friends about the need to protect the ozone layer and help them get involved. Work with non-governmental organizations to help start information campaigns and technical assistance projects to phase out ozone depleting substances in your city, town or village.
Be an ozone-friendly citizen
Read and learn more about the effects of ozone depletion on people, animals and the environment, your national strategy and policies to implement the Montreal Protocol and what the phase out of ozone depleting substances means to your country. Get in touch with your country’s National Ozone Unit and learn how you can get involved on an individual level.
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Rajendra Shende


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