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16 September- World Ozone Day

16th September each year, we celebrate as International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. On this day in 1987 the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was signed. This offers an opportunity around the world to focus attention and action at the global, regional and national levels on the protection of the ozone layer.

The Ozone Layer serves the protective layer of naturally occurring gas, comprised of three atoms of oxygen found about 10 – 50 km above the earth’s surface that protects us from the harmful ultraviolet radiation or UV-B rays of sun. Scientist found that the layer was thinning as a result of the excessive use of CFC’s. In 1985, nations around the world convened at Vienna in an attempt to develop a framework for co-operative activities to protect the Ozone layer. This signed agreement became known as the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer.

Today morning I saw a interesting short film on Ozone Protection. It is beautifully animated movie which will tell you more about importance of ozone gas. Please watch Ozzy Ozone on YouTube

Ozone is poisonous by nature, we cannot produce ozone gas and release it to the earth surface. The Mother nature decided its right place high above the earth. The only option left is to protect the layer of ozone by reducing the emission of CFS’ and other ozone killer gases into the atmosphere.

Over the years, the ozone layer has been depleting, and our scientists are working hard to overcome this ozone depletion problem. But, even we should act responsibly to help curb this global menace. Let us spread the awareness and take the opportunity of September 16, Ozone Day, to help educate others about ozone depletion and do our bit to protect life on earth.

The image used in this post is the cover page of the “Ozone newsletter special Issue” published by UNEP

Happy Ozone Day to all.

ಬೆಟ್ಟದ ಜೀವ (Man of the Hills) – A must watch movie

It was during my graduation when I read the book ಬೆಟ್ಟದ ಜೀವ (Bettada Jeeva) for the first time. The book is written by the eminent writer, thinker Dr K Shivaram Karanth.. This wonderful novel depicts the life of people living in the Western Ghats. Recently, P.Sheshadri renowned filmmaker and director, made a the movie based on this novel. Today I had a chance to see this film. The director did a justice to each every character in this movie.

The promo of the movie “Bettada Jeeva” -Courtesy Youtube

The movie takes you to the pre-independence time. An aged couple Gopalaiah (Dattanna) and Shankari (Rameshwari Verma) in a village near Western Ghats. They own a agriculture land and that is the only basis of their livelihood. They have a son who has been missing for a long time.Despite of all these problems, the couple were living in great valour. One day a young freedom fighter Shivaramayya (Suchendra Prasad) visits to take refuge in their house. Though his intension is take a day refuge, he likes the way couple treats him. Gopalaiah narrates how he has converted the thick forest into an agricultural land without disturbing the surrounding environment. It is inspiring to know that the couple despite being worried about their lost son and being lonely in the forest, have never lost interest in life.

No wonder the movie earned National Award for the Best Environmental Film this year. Every characters is perfectly fits in the movie. Daththathreya and Rameshwari Varma have done their best. The background scores and music is given by V Manohar and matches with all sequence of the movie. Gopalakrishna Pai’s dialogues adds life to the characters, The local language(Tulu) can be heard in between. The locale of filming is Kujugodu village near Kukke Subrahamanya. Falling in the edge of Western Ghats, it served as perfect location for this movie.

If you are environmentally conscious person, you definitely like the movie. The movies serves as inspiration to people who make conscious effort to save our ecological assets. It also teaches how we can lead our life without disturbing the ecological balance