Welcome, almighty human, to this day of salvation, memory and adventure. Who are we, but the builder of ships, the sailor of the mighty seas, the adventurer of the ocean. To set sail, has been the adventure of our lives for thousands of years. To set forth, to discover, to fish, to explore, to enjoy. The oceans have always been a place for us and have always provided for us.
The vast seas with their immense variety of life forms, so many that we are still discovering them to this day. The oceans, to their dark depths and to their far off horizon. They compel mankind to discover. They entice us. What lies beneath the surface of these great waters. Through our thousands of years of human history, the answer has always been, food! Food for the hungry. The oceans are plundered world wide for food.
The oceans give us plenty. The fisherman casts his nets to save the starving world populace. Food.
The ocean also gives us a play land of fun. Large waves to surf in, warm beaches to lay upon, soft sand with interesting shells, warm water and curious creatures to watch. The oceans, with their tides, the sunset, their beauty are another call to adventure for us. Even if we are small, we still love the ocean.
There is another call to action, that the ocean brings to us. The waste, the garbage, the toxins, the pollution.
The garbage that ends up in the ocean, kills sealife world. The oceans are becoming a dump of waste. Plastics, which are recyclable and other waste are building up in the oceans and destroying water, the plant life, the reefs, the coral, the animal, the fish and the bird life. The pristine beauty of the world, that we covet so much is vanishing to a view of discarded waste. Plastic, paper, cans, bottles all being tossed into the water causes pollution that even this almighty planet Earth cannot control.
The awesome planet, with so much healing and creative power, can’t keep up with the plunder, the reckless destruction, the habitat loss, the pollution, the oil spills.
Hail mankind! As mighty as we are, we still turn to the planet to save us. To save us from starvation, from cold, from poverty, even from despair. We expect the awesome planet to regenerate itself, to heal and to cure itself, to replenish what we take and to repair the damage. We assume that the awesome planet can recover and give it all back.
The mighty planet needs help. The mighty oceans can’t keep up with the fishing industry. They can’t keep up with the discarded waste, they can’t keep up with the environmental damage. They can’t keep up with the plunder.
Today is only one day. World Oceans Day. One day for environmental day, but this day, this one day, must last for the rest of our lives. To change the world takes one day and one day to last for all time. The oceans and all of its creatures are needed for the survival of this planet.
Rejoice! Today is the day for the Oceans. Rejoice. It is an awesome day.
Written by Dr. Louise Hayes
June 8, 2013