On 16 September 1987, the treaty known as the Montreal Protocol onSubstances thatDeplete the Ozone Layerwas signedby agroupof concerned countriesthat feltcompelledtotakeactiontosolve an alarming international environmental crisis: the depletion of the Earth’s protective ozone layer. Since that humble beginning, this treaty has taken root and grown into what has been described as “perhaps the singlemost successful international environmental agreement to date”. The year 2007 marks the 20th anniversary of this landmark agreement, and affords us the opportunity to investigate theMontreal Protocol’s hundreds of compelling individual stories. The Vital Ozone Graphics and the associated web site provides journalists with essential visuals, facts, figures and contacts they need to start developing their own ozone story ideas. It is intended to inform and inspire journalists to further investigate and then tell the ozone tale. Vital Ozone Graphics was produced jointly by the OzonAction Branch of UNEP’s Division on Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) and UNEP/GRID-Arendal with support provided by the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol.
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