News and Events News International Day for Preservation of the Ozone Layer On December 19th, 1994 the United Nations General Assembly decided that September 16th should be International Day for Preservation of the Ozone Layer. This was in commemoration of the date in 1987 in which nations signed the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. During 2015 it was discovered that the hole in the Ozone was a giant 10.9 million square miles, then when tested one year later in 2016 it measured at 8.9 million square miles. Even though it's still large in size, it's the first time that the Ozone layer has become smaller for over 30 years, so this is great news! All of these facts and figures are good, but without a reason to actually decrease the Ozone hole size there's not really much point to it. The Ozone layer protects all life on earth by absorbing a lot of the UV radiation given out by the sun and prevents the majority of it from reaching the earth's surface, this is important because UV rays damage our eyes, cause skin cancer and even distort our DNA and the DNA of plants and other animals. Lench's Trust realizes the importance of protecting the Ozone layer, so we make sure not to use any chemicals that will cause further damage to it and our maintenance manager, Mark commutes from site to site in an electric van to help the efforts towards a greener planet.