Greta Thunberg Sets Sail for USA to Combat Climate and Ecological Crisis
Greta Thunberg Sets Sail for USA to Combat Climate and Ecological Crisis
Climate activist Greta Thunberg addresses a press conference in Plymouth
17 August, 2019, 14:51
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (L) and German captain Boris Herrmann wave from aboard the Malizia II IMOCA class sailing yacht, off the coast of Plymouth, southwest England, on August 14, 2019, as she prepares to start her journey across the Atlantic to NY where she will attend the UN Climate Action Summit next month.
The 60-foot (18-meter) yacht is outfitted with solar panels and underwater turbines to generate electricity, allowing Thunberg to make a zero-carbon trans-Atlantic journey. The 16-year-old Swede, whose school strikes have inspired children across the world to protest against global warming, refuses to fly because of the carbon emissions caused by planes.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg takes part in the school strike demonstration Fridays for future in Berlin, Germany, July 19, 2019.
"That is what I am hoping to achieve with everything and that will also lead to worldwide opinions", she added, "so that people come together and put pressure on the people in power so that they will have to do something". "I will just have to do what I have always done - ignore them and just tell the science as it is".
"Of course there are many people who don't understand and accept the science", Thunberg told Agence France-Presse before beginning her journey. Leading up to and following their departure, supporters took to social media to wish them safe travels.
The interior of Malizia II has been specifically optimised for high-speed offshore racing and has an intentionally bare interior.
Having previously said it would be a waste of time for her to meet President Donald Trump, who has pulled the United States out of the Paris accord on limiting the effects of climate change, Thunberg was pressed on why she would not want to seize any chance to convince him or other skeptics. There is no toilet or fixed shower. Meals will consist of freeze-dried vacuum-packed vegan meals which can be prepared with minimum use of energy. The only alterations for the voyage are fitting curtains in front of the bunk and adding mattresses for comfort.
"I will just have to see, get on the boat and see what happens, and that is also very exciting".
"I've never done anything like this before, I can't really say what's going to be the biggest challenge, I will have to find that out". "So I think this will be fun".
When asked if she was anxious about the reaction she might get from climate deniers in the United States she said she was not. "I am grateful for what I have".
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