Published: Sun, September 01, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Campaigner Greta completes ocean crossing to take climate message to US

Campaigner Greta completes ocean crossing to take climate message to US

As she approached New York's harbor before dawn, Thunberg tweeted her excitement, saying "Land!" The boat is equipped with solar panels and underwater turbines that generate electricity.

The 18m-long Malizia is captained by German sailor Boris Herrmann and Pierre Casiraghi of Monaco.

16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg has arrived in America after a two-week, zero-emission journey by boat.

The United Nations sent a flotilla of 17 sailboats, one for each of its sustainable development goals for 2030, to meet her for the last short leg of her journey. As Thunberg's yacht sailed over the horizon and past the Statue of Liberty, youth climate activists chanted "The sea levels are rising, and so are we!" and "We are unstoppable!"

When requested if she had a message for Trump, Thunberg provided a candid response: "Listen to the science, and he obviously doesn't do that". There is no toilet or fixed shower aboard, no windows below deck and only a small gas cooker to heat up freeze-dried food. "Thank you everyone who came to see me off in Plymouth, and everyone who welcomed me in NY!"

Thunberg, who first drew global attention a year ago when she started missing school on Fridays to protest against political inaction on climate change, said she planned to take part in a demonstration outside the United Nations in NY on Friday. So as I always say to this question: If no-one has been able to convince him about the climate crisis, the urgency, then why should I be able to do that?

She has since become a prominent voice within the climate activism community, and has promoted the growing anti-air travel movement in Europe, dubbed "Flygskam", or "flight shame".

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Thunberg, who was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at the age of 12, began sitting outside the Swedish parliament in August 2018 to get members to act on climate change.

Thunberg will speak at the U.N. Climate Action Summit next month and then attend a climate summit in Chile in December.

A picture of Ms Thunberg on board the boat with a single-use plastic bottle visible in the background was also criticised by eagle-eyed social media users.

She inspired a number of co-ordinated climate strikes across the planet, with many students walking out of classes to participate.

The visit sees her bring her environmental message for the first time to the United States, led by climate change sceptic Donald Trump.

After reaching the shore Wednesday, Thunberg detailed the journey and reiterated her issues concerning the surroundings.

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