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Trump Blasted at UN Ocean Conference: U.S. 'Main Threat to Mother Earth'

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Bolivian President Evo Morales blasted President Donald Trump's announcement that the U.S. is withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement.

He called the U.S. one of the world's "main polluters" and said Trump's decision is akin to "denying science, turning your backs on multilateralism and attempting to deny a future to upcoming generations."


This "has made [the U.S.] the main threat to mother Earth and life itself," Morales said.

The remarks were made Monday at the United Nations Ocean Conference in New York City, where leaders and representatives from about 200 countries will devise ways to reverse the decline in oceanic health.

Other world leaders also seemed to criticize Trump's actions at the weeklong international conference.

Micronesia President Peter Christian emphasized that nations must work together to achieve the goals set out by the Paris agreement.

"While 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," Christian said. "And for this, man must clean up his mess."

The United Nations has identified global warming, overfishing and pollution as major threats to our oceans.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned governments that unless they overcome short-term territorial and resource interests, the oceans will continue to deteriorate.

"Improving the health of our oceans is a test for multilateralism, and we cannot afford to fail," Guterres said. "We must jointly address the problems of governance that have held us back."

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