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Morales: Hurricanes Are The Product Of Capitalism

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LA PAZ -- Bolivia's President Evo Morales says the devastating hurricanes hitting Caribbean nations over the last week are caused by pollution created by the capitalist system, and is urging countries to implement the policies of the Paris Climate Deal.



"It is urgent to retake the Paris Agreement," Morales wrote on his official Twitter account. "The world calls for peace between brotherly peoples and not walls against human beings."

The Bolivian president also welcomed the comments made by Pope Francis during his visit to Colombia, calling for “a reconciliation with Mother Earth.”

Morales said the world is demanding peace between peoples, and not walls, such as the one that President Donald Trump wants to build on the U.S.-Mexican border.

"We greet the reconciliation with #MotherEarth that was asked by Pope Francis. Devastation of hurricanes is caused by pollution of capitalism."

In June, Trump announced that the U.S. is withdrawing from the 2015 Paris agreement.

He said moves to negotiate a new "fair" deal that would not disadvantage U.S. businesses and workers would begin.

Only three sovereign nations are not part of the accord, which aims to stem global warming.

Of the other two, Nicaragua feels the agreement does not go far enough, and Syria remains mired in a civil war.

"It is urgent to retake the Paris Agreement. The world calls for peace between brotherly peoples and not walls against human beings."

At the the COP 21 Climate Change Conference in Paris in 2015, Morales had blamed capitalism for environmental destruction, calling it "the formula that has destroyed our species.”

Just back in July, the Bolivian leader had also remarked that "the U.S., the most industrialized and most polluted country in the world, cannot deny its responsibility for the damage it causes to the environment."

-- BERNAMA