UN Ozone Secretariat launches ‘Reset Earth’: Animation film & mobile game bring Gen Z into protecting ozone layer

Asha Bajaj
3 min readJan 28, 2021

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​Nairobi/Canadian-Media: ‘Reset Earth’, an innovative educational platform for adolescents about the fundamental role of the ozone layer in protecting the planet, launches on World Education Day (January 24th) an original animated film that explores options for collective positive action, UNEP reports said.

Knox, Sagan, and Terran race against time and travel through it while learning about the importance of the ozone layer and the impact of working together towards a common human cause. Image credit: UNEP

The film’s plot continues in a challenging mobile game for Android and IOS (February 10th). The platform is initiated by United Nations Ozone Secretariat to sustain the protection of the ozone layer through the sensitization and engagement of Gen Z.

Ozone-depleting substances (ODSs) like CFCs, HFCs, HCFCs have been widely used throughout the 20th century, mostly for refrigeration, in air conditioners, and aerosol sprays. ODSs threaten the earth’s upper atmosphere, drive up temperatures, and account for close to 11 percent of total warming emissions to date. Since the 1980s, the international community has acted to protect the ozone layer by banning or strictly restricting the use and production of such super greenhouse effect gases. Consequently, the Antarctic ozone is expected to close by the 2060s (without action, it might have been 40 percent larger by now) and other regions will return to 1980s values even earlier.

Meg Seki, Acting Executive Secretary of the Ozone Secretariat, said, “The protection of the ozone layer cannot be considered a done deal. It must be a continuous effort by us and by future generations. If our children learn about the grim consequences of a ruined ozone layer, they will act to keep it only as part of a fantasy game.”

Reset Earth begins a year-long education initiative by the Secretariat to raise awareness and inspire action among adolescents and parents about global ozone protection. Immersive, educational, and thought-provoking, Reset Earth conveys a positive message around what can…

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Asha Bajaj

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