Young environmental activist Greta Thunberg arrived in New York on Wednesday for a UN climate summit. Thunberg became the spearhead for battling over climate change. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize earlier this year.
The young Swede took a 15-day voyage and travelled 3000 miles across the Atlantic for the summit. The event is to take place in New York and Chile. The UN climate summit is scheduled to take place on September 23, and the COP25 climate conference will be held in December in Chile.
Reports allege, Thunberg travelled on a zero-emissions yacht from Plymouth in the UK, a perpetual choice to curb on carbon footprint.
Thunberg was expected to arrive sooner, however the rough sea voyage slowed her journey. She has been recording her sea journey on social media.
With regards to her sea journey, Thunberg commented, the fact that she travelled by boat was a signal enough that ‘the climate change crisis is a real thing.’
Thunberg travelled by Malizia II, a high-speed racing yacht of about 60 ft. Sources suggest it was equipped with no carbon emissions and underwater turbines. Based on a Reuters’ report, the yacht had no shower or toilet. In addition, her sailing crew ate freeze-dried food. Accompanying her on the boat were captain-Boris Herrmann, Pierre Casiraghi- Monaco Royal Family member, Nathan Grossman- a Swedish documentary maker, and her father- Svante.
When Thunberg was asked if she could convince US President Donald Trump, she replied, “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.”
In addition, she had a message for him, “My message for him is listen to the science and he obviously doesn’t do that.”
On her arrival, she reported, “Our war on nature must end. I want to thank everyone… who is involved in this climate fight, because this is a fight across borders, across continents.” she said.