Unlikely Eco Heroes

(Above: ‘Ozone Hole: How We Saved the Planet.’ Source: YouTube video)

Ozone Hole: How We Saved the Planet, debuting tomorrow, April 10, at 10 pm ET on PBS, tells the tale of an invisible villain – chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) – and two unlikely environmental heroes – US President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

For decades, manufacturers used CFCs in air conditioners, aerosol sprays, asthma inhalers and other products designed to improve quality-of-life. Ironically, those same products threatened to end life on Earth. By the 1980s, scientists had collected overwhelming evidence that CFCs were eating away at the ozone layer protecting Earth from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet light. This climate emergency prompted two Conservative leaders – Reagan, a skin cancer survivor, and Thatcher, a former research chemist – to push for the 1987 Montreal Protocol that cut CFC use and reversed ozone decay. Scientists predict the ozone layer will fully recover by 2065.

Ozone Hole: How We Saved the Planet was written and directed by Jamie Lochhead.

You can watch the documentary free over the air on your local PBS station (check your local listings for exact days/times in your area), or free via streaming at PBS.org and the PBS Video App.

PBS programming can also be streamed via PBS Passport, available to viewers who donate a minimum of $5 a month/$60 a year. For more information, visit pbs.org/video and select your local station from the tab in the upper left-hand corner.

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