She did it! After a two-week trip with rough seas, Greta Thunberg crossed the Atlantic on a zero emission yacht. The climate advocate will attend a conference on global warming in New York.
She arrived in New York. Greta Thunberg, the young activist who fights against climate change, docked on American land, where she was received by the UN with a “flotilla” of 17 vessels, one for each of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Just 16 years old, the Swedish student has managed to promote a global movement to raise awareness about the current weather emergency and this trip once again demonstrates her commitment.
The young activist traveled in Malizia II, a zero emissions sailboat
It has been a year since Greta Thunberg made his first protest at the school. Since then, she has dedicated himself body and soul to the cause.
Her speech has taken her to the 2018 United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP24) in Poland, the World Economic Forum in Switzerland and the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels.
Always moving on the ground, mainly by train, to reduce its carbon footprint.
Her presence at the World Climate Summit in New York had to apply to the rule. Thus, the young woman refused to fly to the United States due to the pollutant emissions generated by this transport.
Then, Pierre Casiraghi, the third son of Princess Carolina of Monaco and Stéfano Casiraghi, offered her a boat to cover the 3,000 nautical miles that separate the British coast from the United States. Greta Thunberg left Plymouth, United Kingdom, on August 14.
But it was not just any ship. The activist traveled with Malizia II, a sailboat powered by solar panels and underwater turbines. The boat, originally designed to compete in regattas, claims to be a zero emission vehicle. The conditions on board are Spartan, without shower or toilet, and the meals consist of freeze-dried food.
She was accompanied by her father, two professional sailors, Boris Herrmann and Pierre Casiraghi, as well as cinematographer Nathan Grossman, who made a documentary about Greta’s fight.
“I am not telling anyone what to do or what not to do”
The young activist was asked if she expected other people to follow her example, since not everyone could gather a boat and a racing crew. “I am not telling anyone what to do or what not to do, she replied.” I am one of the few people in the world who can do this and I think I should take a chance, she said.
Greta Thunberg was scheduled to dock on Tuesday, August 27, but her arrival was delayed due to weather conditions. Greta will attend the UN summit, but also other international forums such as the United Nations Conference on Climate Change held in Santiago, Chile, Montreal in Quebec, Canada in addition to other events located in the Americas.