The state of the oceans often reflects the state of the world. Oil-covered animals and tar balls in shrimp nets represent a need to improve our regulations and alter our energy demands, and rising sea levels demonstrate the urgent need to combat man-made climate change.
On June 8th, the international community will celebrate World Oceans Day. This year, the focus will be on “Youth: The Next Wave For Change.” The idea is to inspire young people in communities around the globe to focus on ocean conservation.
As the World Oceans Day website reads, “Young people are the most knowledgeable and motivated segment of the population when it comes to the environment and its protection. Youth generally have the free time, familiarity with current issues, and the motivation to go out of their way to take environmental actions. “
The site goes on to state that market research has shown that parents look increasingly to their children for information on important issues.
Democracy is utterly dependent upon an electorate that is accurately informed. In promoting climate change denial (and often denying their responsibility for doing so) industry has done more than endanger the environment. It has undermined democracy.
There is a vast difference between putting forth a point of view, honestly held, and intentionally sowing the seeds of confusion. Free speech does not include the right to deceive. Deception is not a point of view. And the right to disagree does not include a right to intentionally subvert the public awareness.