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Two and a half months after arriving at the port in New York, Greta Thunberg sailed back to Europe.
A visit to the 16-year-old Swede in the United States was a tour of the time: she had asked the world leaders at the United Nations: "You all come to us young people with hope. How dare you? It was a march along with millions in the Global Climate Impact. She had met with thousands of students in places like Iowa City. She stood with Native American activists at Standing Rock.
And has lived life in the United States, a country she believes plays an "incredibly important" role in combating climate change.
"You're such a big country," she told NPR in September. "In Sweden, when we ask politicians to do something, they say, 'It doesn't matter what we do – because you just look at the US'
" I think you have a huge responsibility "to lead the climate effort, she" You have a moral responsibility to do this. "
With her steadfast gaze and unwavering impetus to get adults to take the necessary steps to prevent a further climate catastrophe, Tunberg touched the global movement with young people.
Now she's both a celebrity and an oracle, rises to worldwide notice after its first "school strike on climate" in August 2018, when it protests before the Swedish parliament instead of going to lessons.
She intended to make way for Chile for the next round of UN climate talks, but the unrest there prompted the annual COP25 climate conference to move from Santiago to Madrid.
But she couldn't just get a different flight: Tunberg won't fly because of excess air travel emissions. She had to find a boat that was going her way.
She posted a Twitter request : "It turns out I've traveled half the world the wrong way 🙂 Now I have to find a way to cross the Atlantic in November … If anyone can help me find transport, I will be so grateful. "
November is not exactly the premier sailing season in the North Atlantic, but an response from an Australian man named Riley Whitelium appeared:" Greta is Riley here at Sailing La Vagabonde. If you contact me, I'm sure we could organize something.
It turns out Whitelum and Elayna Carausu have a catamaran, a baby and a million subscribers who follow their #boatlife on YouTube.
Over the next few weeks, the world's most famous climate activist will be part of it.
La Vagabonde is equipped with solar panels and hydro generators, so there is minimal carbon footprint. Tunberg sailed from Europe to New York by boat, although unlike this ship, this catamaran has a toilet.
The trip is expected to take two to four weeks and Tunberg hopes to arrive in Spain in time to take the climate conference. location from December 2 to December 13. The location of the boat can be tracked online.
As the catamaran sailed on Wednesday morning from Hampton, Washington, temperatures were in the 30s and Tunberg and her fellow sailors – including her father who was traveling with her – were tied up against the cold.
Thunberg showed his typical aplomb before embarking on the high seas.
"I look forward to it," she told the AP, "just so I can get out and pick up everything and just break."
She had another message for the Americans: vote.
"We need to realize that this is a crisis and we must do what we can now to raise awareness and to put pressure on the people in power," she told The Guardian . "There are elections in the United States soon, and it is very important for everyone who can vote to vote."