Montreal’s First Gift to the World

Every day this week, many of the Metroblogging sites from around the world will be listing seven gifts that their city has given to the world. This past weekend, our writers have compiled, and voted for, a large list of suggestions. Montreal certainly has a lot to offer but we had to separate what is good for us from what is good for the world. In the end, we have come up with a list that most of you will agree with, except maybe for the order of individual suggestions. There was one exception however, the number one choice was an almost unanimous decision…you’ll hear about about it on Saturday. To see what the other cities have to offer, David from has been keeping a running tally.

For our first gift to the world I decided to nominate something that is actually named after our fair city, something that will impact others more than it does ourselves, something that was named by Kofi Annan as “Perhaps the single most successful international agreement to date.”

The Montreal Protocol

In the mid-1970’s it was discovered that halogenated hydrocarbons, commonly used in sprays, refrigerators and air conditioners, can diffuse to the stratosphere where ultraviolet radiation would convert them to chlorines, a potent and long lasting catalyst of ozone depletion. The protocol proposed new rules and funds that allowed for the phasing out of ozone-depleting substances. While the ozone hole still hovers over Antarctica, thanks to the persistence of atmospheric CFCs, the overall level of compliance has been high enough for us to hope that this is one problem that our children won’t be inheriting.

1 Comment so far

  1. (unregistered) on November 26th, 2006 @ 8:28 pm

    Very cool gift! Thanks for sharing it with us : )

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