The Rainbows, Brownies and Girl Guides of the 13th Guide Company, Grand Anse, St. George’s were taught how to be Sun-Smart during an interactive presentation on Tuesday 7th November 2012 in Grand Anse, St. George’s.

Project Officer in the National Ozone Unit, Mr. Leslie Smith delivered a presentation to the group that addressed several issues related to the Ozone Layer; its function, how it is being depleted, the effects of its depletion and how they can protect themselves from the harmful effects of ozone layer depletion.

Mr. Smith also explained to the youngsters what the Ultra Violet (UV)-Index is and how to read and interpret it. He also presented all members of the Guide Compnay with UV-Index meters. These meters were provided to the NOU by the United Nations Environment Programme, Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNEP,ROLAC) as part of a Regional Public Awareness initiative for Ozone Units of the English Speaking Caribbean and Haiti. The members was given an opportunity to use the meters to measure the UV Index and to determine the level of the UV rays in the Grand Anse area.

During the presentation the members were also taught about being Sun-Smart and how to protect themselves from harmful UV rays. They were encouraged to:

• Avoid being out in the sun form 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during which time of the day the sun is the hottest;

• To seek shade;

• Cover up using long pants and long sleeve clothing

• Wear sunglasses that offer UV protection;

• Wear sun screen with a sun protection factor of at least 15 and

• To wear broad rimmed hats when out in the sun

The members of the 13th Guide Company Grand Anse, St. George’s were extremely thankful for the presentation and indicated that they would share the information learnt with their family members and colleagues at school