Pacific leaders urge world to protect oceans during first-ever conference on topic

While the world marks World Oceans Day, the leaders of many islands met for a conference at the UN Headquarters in New York in order to discuss climate change, which is a serious threat to their countries.
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The world is marking World Oceans Day today (Thursday), just a few days after U.S. President Donald Trump decided to pull out of the Paris climate change deal. In honor of the event, the UN Headquarters in New York held a special international conference aimed at finding ways to protect the oceans.

At the beginning of the UN’s first-ever conference on the topic, Swedish Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin said that everyone knows that the oceans are in danger and that countries need to come together in order to find solutions to the problems.

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The oceans constitute the main source of livelihood for the residents of small islands such as Fiji, Palau and Tuvalu. However, due to climate change, pollution and uncontrolled fishing, the oceans are turning into highly contaminated waste dumps that are threatening entire communities. One of the organizers of the conference said the islands are competing “in a real survivor,” in reference to the popular TV show Survivor, which is filmed on these islands.

During the conference, the attendees commented on Trump’s decision. Many said that they are worried about the global situation worsening because of it. However, the leaders noted that one good thing came out of the Trump’s announcement: the worldwide attention it drew to the issue of climate change.



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