Happy International Ozone Day!

Canada’s 1987 Montreal Protocol signing delegation featured politicians, policy-makers and scientists.

Today is a special day:

“In 1994, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 16 September the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, commemorating the date of the signing, in 1987, of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (resolution 49/114).”

The signing photo from Canada’s 1987 Montreal Protocol delegation.
The signing photo from Canada’s 1987 Montreal Protocol delegation.

And to go along with it I have a special surprise: an annotated photo from 1987 of the Protocol’s Canadian signing delegation. The photo features Progressive Conservative Thomas McMillan (Minister of the Environment) and his Senior Policy Advisor Elizabeth May. Yes, current federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May.

The photo is notable in that it includes federal scientists. Unlike today, federal scientists were not muzzled, and were depended upon to inform evidence-based policy-making. Imagine that.

There is one name missing from the photo. Please email me if you know who it is.