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Climate change appeal

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi has urged US President Donald Trump to reconsider his decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate change deal.

Speaking to the media in Samoa upon his return from UN Oceans Conference recently held in New York, Mr Tuilaepa said Mr Trump needed to show quality leadership by reconsidering his recent announcement.

While the announcement has been condemned by world leaders, Mr Tuilaepa said the fact is even the US was divided over the issue.

"Trump announced the withdrawal," Mr Tuilaepa said.

"But then the State leaders also made their announcements.

"They said not to worry about the announcement by their president because they will continue with their future plans already in place.

"It's good what's happening as it appears that State leaders do not care about what their president said."

According to Mr Tuilaepa, climate change affects all regions of the world and the US is not immune. He said the environment as it stood today was unable to absorb the carbon dioxide and this was why actions to address climate change were critical.

Mr Tuilaepa estimated that back when Jesus Christ was born, the world's population was about 200,000 million.

"Nowadays, 7.3 billion is the world population and a lot of trees have been cut down for construction of homes and other developments."

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