World Oceans Day seems like a joke in the face of the BP oil spill, the Pacific Garbage Gyre, and oceans that contain "more plastic than plankton," as Oceanographer Captain Charles Moore, founder of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, puts it.
To have a day to "honor the world's ocean, celebrate the products the ocean provides, such as seafood, as well as marine life itself for aquariums, pets, and also a time to appreciate its own intrinsic value" is a travesty. We are soiling our own house and will have to live in it -- or not.
World Oceans Day is a day of mourning, not celebration. In many ways, it is Beyond Pathetic.
Here is Charles Moore's TED talk on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch: