Climate change activist Greta Thunberg sailed to the US on a boat with no shower or toilet She is attending a United Nations summit and wanted to travel without contributing to carbon emissions.
Greta Thunberg, the teenage activist who first came to prominence when her school strikes drew attention to climate change, has arrived in New York via yacht. She is scheduled to attend climate change summits in both the United Nations and in Chile, and chose to travel via a zero-emission boat to lessen the carbon footprint of her journey.
The boat set sail from Plymouth, UK, two weeks ago and Thunberg has been chronicling the journey on social media. She had expected the trip to take less time, but rough seas slowed her journey.
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
Thunberg has become a major name in climate change activist circles for her school strike protests. She has said that there's very little point in going to school if the world is rapidly headed toward an unlivable environment. Why prepare for a future when there's no future to live in.
She was accompanied in her voyage by with her father, captain Boris Herrmann, Monaco royal family member Pierre Casiraghi and a Swedish documentary maker, Nathan Grossman. Greta travelled on the Malizia II, a high-speed, 60ft (18m) racing yacht with underwater turbines and no carbon emissions.
Despite being in the United States, Thunberg has no plans to meet with President Trump. "I'm not that special. I can't convince everyone," she said. "I'm just going to do what I want to do and what will have most impact."
She will be present at the UN climate summit on 23 September and the COP25 climate conference in Chile in December.