Speaking at this week’s first ever United Nations Ocean Conference, Bolivian President Evo Morales declared the Trump-led United States as a threat to world sustainability.
Morales cited Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate agreement as symbolically “denying science, turning your backs on multilateralism and attempting to deny a future to upcoming generations.” According to Morales, Trump’s decision “has made [the U.S. under Trump] the main threat to Mother Earth and to life itself.”
The conference itself was a call to arms against oceanic pollution, the exploitation of marine wildlife and the damning effects of climate change. U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres iterated to representative attendees from some 200 countries that oceans are the “lifeblood of the world” which are “under threat as never before.”
“Conserving our oceans and using them sustainably is preserving life itself,” he said, adding that plastic waste will outweigh fish in the oceans by 2050.
“We must put aside short-term national gain to prevent long-term global catastrophe,” he added, as a not-so-subtle swipe at the U.S. president
But it was Micronesia President Peter Christian who perhaps landed the most direct blow at Trump’s expense, who said of the latter’s reluctance to adhere to the Paris agreement: “[w]hile some may continue to deny man’s culpability for the damaging effects of climate change on islands and islanders … no man, no island, no village and no nation can deny that trash in our oceans is of man’s own doing [and] man must clean up his mess.”Click here for reuse options!
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