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Campaigner Greta completes ocean crossing to take climate message to US

Campaigner Greta completes ocean crossing to take climate message to US”

Teenage Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, who refuses to travel by air to avoid excessive polluting emissions, is set to arrive in NY on Wednesday in a sailing yacht that departed from the United Kingdom 10 days ago and will be welcomed by the UN with a fleet of sailing boats.

The racing sailboat Malizia II with Pierre Casiraghi, founder of Team Malizia and sailor Boris Herrmann, arrived Wednesday in the bay of NY with Greta Thunberg on board. She refused to fly because of the emissions caused by planes.

Thunberg packed books and eight journals for the trip, the New York Times reported, and said she planned to eat freeze-dried meals and use a bucket to go to the bathroom. 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!"

She was quickly joined by other students around the world, as word of her strike spread through the media, and the Fridays for Future movement was born.

The activist plans to attend climate summits in NY and Santiago, Chile, which she also hopes to attend using the most sustainable methods of transit available, she said.

Her arrival in NY brings to an end her 14-day journey from England to partake in a United Nations climate summit next month.

Before leaving the UK she said there would always be people who "don't understand or accept the united science" and that she will ignore them.

Greta Thunberg a 16-year-old Swedish climate activist sails into New York harbor aboard the Malizia II Wednesday Aug. 28 2019. The zero-emissions yacht left Plymouth England on Aug. 14. She is scheduled to address the United Nations Climate
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg sails into New York harbor aboard the Malizia II a zero-emissions yacht Aug. 28 2019

As she approached the Big Apple early Wednesday, she tweeted: "Land!"

The 16-year-old was photographed waving at journalists and well-wishers as she neared the end of her 3,000-nautical-mile (5,550 kilometers) trip.

"It's insane that a 16-year-old would have to cross the Atlantic ocean to make a stand", she said. "I can't convince everyone", she said.

Her voyage sparked controversy, however, after it was revealed that that several people would have to fly into NY to help 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.

Thunberg has been accompanied by her father, Swedish author Svante Thunberg and a cameraman/documentary filmmaker Nathan Grossman.

Greta has said that she does not yet know how she will return to Europe. The UN climate summit is scheduled to take place on September 23, and the COP25 climate conference will be held in December in Chile.

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