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'Your Planet' Podcast, Episode 2: 'Ozone layer: how we saved the planet and what we can learn from it.'


Welcome back to Your Planet, a podcast series brought to you in association with The Conversation that delves into potential solutions for addressing climate change and the ecological crisis.      



In the first episode of Your Planet, we took a deep dive into the Anthropocene — the name given to a new epoch that many scientists believe Planet Earth has already entered, and which those experts say is marked by humanity’s unprecedented footprint on the earth.

In episode 2, we go back to the 1980's, when we had one big problem — a giant hole in the Earth's ozone layer, which was ultimately reduced because of the actions taken worldwide. So how did we do it? What we learned in the process still inspires climate activists today.

In 1987, the global community signed the Montreal Protocol to protect the ozone layer by phasing out man-made ozone-depleting substances. Today, many are calling for a new phase-out; this time targeting the production of fossil fuels, by far the largest contributors to global climate change.

This will be a key debate at COP28, the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference held from 30 November until 12 December in Dubai.


The second episode, "Ozone layer: how we saved the planet and what we can learn from it", available now: 



Host: Anna Cunningham 
Executive producer: Michaëla Cancela-Kieffer
Editing: Camille Kauffmann
Sound design: Nicolas Vair with Irma Cabrero-Abanto and Sebastián Villanueva

This project is funded by the European Journalism Centre, through the Solutions Journalism Accelerator. This fund is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. AFP and The Conversation maintained their editorial independence throughout this project.