Swedish teen activist completes Atlantic sailboat crossing for United Nations climate meeting


Teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg has arrived in NY after opting to sail across the Atlantic for two weeks to avoid using a plane's gas emissions.

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 refuses to fly because of planes' high impact on the climate, and was offered a ride on the Malizia II racing yacht skippered by Pierre Casiraghi, the son of Princess Caroline of Monaco, and the German round-the-world sailor Boris Herrmann.

She also plans to speak on NY streets about the need for steps against climate change.

Thunberg endured rough seas and cramped conditions but said she never felt seasick once.

Thunberg, who first drew global attention a year ago when she started missing school on Fridays to protest against political inaction on climate change, said she planned to take part in a demonstration outside the United Nations in NY on Friday.

Thunberg, a 16-year-old from Sweden, embarked in the racing sailboat Malizia II from Plymouth in the United Kingdom two weeks ago on the trip to the U.S.to attend the United Nations Climate Action Summit, which is scheduled to take place in September at the U.N.'s headquarters in NY. Her mission to highlight the climate change crisis is very much in line with the Malizia Ocean Challenge where we work with scientists and are actively involved with educating young people.

Greta waved, was lifted onto a dock, then took her first wobbly steps on dry land. "This of course is not something I want everyone to do", she said.

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A few hundred well-wishers and activists clapped and chanted "Greta, Greta, Greta" as she completed her 3,000-nautical-mile (5,550 kilometers) trip under overcast skies.

When asked if she has a message for him, she said, "My message for him is just: listen to the science".

A 17-year-old boy who welcomed her said he had never imagined that the teenager's actions would create such a movement. "So, I am going to now focus on spreading awareness and the people, in general, will stay caring and realize how big of a crisis this is", Thunberg added.

Mr Hermann himself will also return by plane, according to the spokesman.

She set sail on her vessel, the Malizia II, from Plymouth, UK on August 14, and has been documenting her journey on social media.

The manager of the team clarified in return that Thunberg's journey is carbon neutral because the flights will be offset. Thunberg's father Svante Thunberg and filmmaker Nathan Grossman are also on board.

She says she stopped flying in 2015. She will then visit Canada and Mexico, before heading to Chile for the United Nations climate conference from December 2-13.