Sunday, 22 September, 2019

Swedish Teenager Boats Across Atlantic to Raise Awareness for Climate Change

Greta Thunberg Climate activist Greta Thunberg due in US after Atlantic crossing
Sandra Phillips | 01 September, 2019, 23:00

As the social media-savvy teenager approached New York Harbor before dawn, she tweeted her excitement, saying: "Land! Greta." could be heard from the barricades set up for crowds along the port.

She was accompanied on the final leg of her 14-day journey by a fleet of 17 sailboats representing each of the Sustainable Development Goals on their sails.

The climate change activist ruled out flying on a plane for her USA trip because a plane produces, on average, a little over 53 pounds of carbon dioxide per air mile.

Thunberg is expected to dock at North Cove Marina near the World Trade Center in Manhattan in the early afternoon, according to a spokesperson.

A smiling Thunberg said she now wanted to "go for walks and eat fresh food, not freeze-dried, and to be dry and to clean myself".

"The climate and ecological crisis is a global crisis and the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced". The young activist began her sailing journey in the port of Plymouth, southwest England. She mentioned deforestation, greenhouse gases and the fires within the Amazon rainforest, which she known as "hard to imagine".

Thunberg made the trip across the Atlantic to attend a United Nations climate summit taking place in September - and she did it without leaving a carbon footprint. And he obviously doesn't do that. 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?

"I am full of praise for Greta's courage and determination; her attitude on board Malizia II was exemplary despite the extreme living conditions".

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"The trip was surprisingly good".

Her voyage sparked controversy after a spokesman for Mr Herrmann told Berlin newspaper TAZ that several people would fly into NY to help take the yacht back to Europe.

Thunberg has become a symbol of a growing movement of young climate activists.

Thunberg opted to take on the Atlantic on the high-tech yacht - Malizia II. "I want to thank everyone... who is involved in this climate fight, because this is a fight across borders, across continents." she said.

"It's insane that a 16-year-old has to cross the Atlantic Ocean to make a stand".

"Whether it's seasickness or homesickness or just anxiety or I don't know", she told the Times. It has solar panels built on its deck and sides. Accompanying her on the boat were captain-Boris Herrmann, Pierre Casiraghi- Monaco Royal Family member, Nathan Grossman- a Swedish documentary maker, and her father- Svante. I wish Greta all the best for her actions, strikes and speeches in America.

The most dramatic moments came "when you're doing like 27, 28 knots and it's very, very bumpy and you just try to hold on and not fall", she said. But that is still a long way off. "Greta!" She carried an indication that learn "Skolstrejk för klimatet", or "School strike for the climate".

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