- 28 Aug 19
Greta Thunberg sailed the Atlantic for two weeks to attend the United Nations Climate Summit in New York.
Greta Thunberg just arrived in New York today! The Swedish climate activist sailed the Atlantic in a zero-carbon boat to attend a UN summit on zero emissions next month. She refused to fly because of the emissions caused by planes.
After leaving Plymouth in Southern England on August 14, the 16-year-old spend a two-week journey on the Malizia II racing yacht, joined by German round-the-world sailor Boris Herrmann and Pierre Casiraghi, the son of Monaco's Princess Caroline.
On Twitter, Thunberg kept her followers (and the rest of the world) up-to-date during her voyage. Around an hour ago, she posted a picture of the Malizia, writing: "We have anchored off Coney Island - clearing customs and immigration. We will come ashore at North Cove Marina earliest 14:45 tide allowing."
We have anchored off Coney Island - clearing customs and immigration. We will come ashore at North Cove Marina earliest 14:45 tide allowing. pic.twitter.com/t6yy5z2asp
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) August 28, 2019
However, 'Team Malizia' received some backlash beforehand, as the Berlin newspaper TAZ revealed that several people would fly into New York to take the yacht back to Europe. The manager of the team clarified in return that Thunberg's journey is carbon neutral because the flights will be offset.
Greta Thunberg raised global awareness of climate change, inspiring students around the world to take part in her 'school strikes for climate'.
Previously, the teen collaborated with The 1975 on a song from their upcoming record Notes On A Conditional Form. The album opener 'The 1975' features a powerful speech by Thunberg about climate change.