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Depletion of Ozone Layer

April 01, 1988

I was happy to see your in-depth coverage of the crucial problem of ozone loss ("Loss of Ozone Calls for Speedy Action, Experts Say" by Thomas Maugh and Larry Stammer, Part I, March 21). However, Maugh and Stammer pulled their punches when they stated that "there is little the average person can do except use a little more sunblock when going outdoors."

As consumers and as participants in a democracy, there are several things we can do to try to help stem this global disaster. We can refuse to use products packaged in CFC (chlorofluorocarbons) containers (these occur particularly in grocery stores, in fast-food outlets and in restaurants that use CFC containers as "doggie bags"). We can--and should--write to manufacturers and businesses that regularly use such packaging, encouraging them to employ the alternatives that have been available since long before the discovery of CFCs.

Sure, these things take time--but not as much as one would think. The alternative, after all, is an ecological disaster from which the Earth and humankind could probably not recover.

DIANA RICO

Hollywood

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