Water, water all around New York City, where we are waiting for Greta Thunberg's arrival breathlessly (literally, actually, as the wind has dropped, my colleague downtown tells me which will affect her ability to enter the marina in lower Manhattan under sail ).
But not so much water in many other parts these days, especially Central America. Xiye Bastida who was talking earlier to the Guardian's environment reporter Oliver Milman both hung out on the dock near New York harbor waiting for him that her family fled here from Mexico as a result of severe drought in that region.
It is now a passionate climate activist and has been inspired by Thunberg's focused campaigning. Bastida said she wants Thunberg's message to “wake people up” in the US to the climate emergency.
But not just worldwide, here in the US, too, where no amount of climate crisis denial will diminish the effects of ever-stronger hurricanes crippling south-west drought, repeated flooding and ever-rising temperatures that are more than just weather fluctuations, experts say.
“The problem is that the climate crisis follows you around everywhere, ”Bastida said.
Here's the Guardian's recent series on the effect of climate-change affected water shortages in Central America, Running Dry .
When Greta Thunberg was setting sail from Plymouth (in England, not New England) on August 14, my colleague on the spot that day, the Guardian's global environment editor Jonathan Watts, reported that the activist did not intend to speak with US President Donald Trump, even being an opportunity to present himself.
The teenager said it would be a waste of time because Trump has not been persuaded by experts he has already spoken to, on the topic of the climate crisis, which he has declared a hoax.
“Not that special. I should condemn everyone, ”Thunberg said at the time. Here's Watts's full report from that day.
The voyage was a demonstration of her declared values, which he wrote, which revolve around reducing emissions. A flight to New York from Europe would be much faster, but it would pump close to 1,000kg of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Conventional cruise ships often have an even bigger footprint.
Instead, Thunberg – along with her father, a cameraman and a two-man crew – are taking a zero carbon option.
The Malizia II is a 60ft (18 meter) ) A racing yacht that was built for round-the-world challenges and has just completed the Fastnet race, which runs every two years off the British coast.
The yacht generates the power for lighting and communication through solar panels and underwater turbines. The racing team has removed sponsorship logos from the hull and emblazoned Greta's slogan “ Unite Behind the Science ” on the mainsail.
Greta Thunberg will enthusiastically crowd the dock in the US where environmental activist and Swedish teenager and 1965, some New Yorkers are non-plussed.
One passerby just asked my colleague on the spot, Oliver Milman, if she's a solo round the world yachtswoman.
Here's our swift Guardian Greta guide.
The Guardian's environmental reporter, Oliver Milman, is at the North Cove Marina in lower Manhattan waiting for Thunberg to arrive.
It's within sight, theoretically, of the spectacular Statue of Liberty and the nearby historic processing center for immigrants of the yore, the striking Ellis Island (now a museum), although Ollie reports that it's drizzling at the moment and these iconic landmarks are shrouded in some light mist.
is a large glass-domed shopping mall next to the marina, which is a stereotypical of America but not specifically of New York City which on the whole eschews such emporia. Can see see Greta visiting that, seen.
There are also enormous yachts lining the marina. And it's all just a spit from what was known after September 11, 2001, as Ground Zero ie the site of the World Trade Center that was felled by hijacked passenger jets in a terrorist attack that cost almost 3,000 lives .
Crowds waiting for Thunberg's arrival are dominated by young enthusiastic activists standing on the dock.
Milman points out that “It's quite a remarkable reception for a teenager virtually unknown in the US when she started her school walkouts about a year ago ”in Sweden.
Waiting for the tide
More on that reference by Thunberg to “ tide allowing ” in terms of the exact time she's expected to tie up at one of the marinas in lower Manhattan.
Low tide today is expected at 2PM local time (7PM BST in the UK). Conditions are currently rather murky, with a visibility of just 10 miles, although there is the prospect of some sunshine shortly, around the time it arrives, so let's hope it happens and keep all photographers and videographers happy as their images whizz around the world.  Sea conditions are moderate, waves at just over a foot, with a light wind of just around 8mph, blowing out from the north-east out to the sea and closer to the SSE on land right now.
, it's quite muggy actually, and the air temperature is a very warm 80F (26C). Compared to the weather the crew of her yacht have been contending with out in the Atlantic, this is – ahem – plain sailing.
“Greta has a posse”
Greta Thunberg tweeted earlier today, after anchoring off the Brooklyn seaside resort of Coney Island before dawn, that she would sail into a marina in Manhattan at 2.45pm local time (2.45pm BST in the UK) “tide allowing.”
So that could obviously fluctuate forwards or backwards in time, and crowds gathering at the tip of Manhattan, where the city cedes to the harbor and the benign eye of the Statues of Liberty are excited.
My colleague Oliver Milman just spoke to 17-year-old Xiye Bastida, there who said she was originally from Mexico ( Mexico climate crisis Greta – three topics guaranteed to upset Donald Trump ) and is a big fan of Thunberg.
“Everyone knows Greta, we like that she's humble, she's just a kid who wants a better future, who's basically like us, too, ”Bastida told Milman moments ago.
Bastida was inspired by Thunberg's activism to organize her own climate strike, involving 600 fellow students at her New York City school.
“ She has a moral aspect to her message, that our generation will suffer the bridge. I hope she will raise climate awareness in the US – help wake people up, "she said.
Bastida's mobile phone carries a sticker saying:" Greta has a posse. "
Greta Thunberg prepares to arrive in New York
Hello to Guardian readers around the world. A brisk but excited New York welcome to our special live blog that will cover the imminent arrival of Greta Thunberg The Big Apple of Sweden's teenage environmental campaigner.
This is Joanna Walters helming the blog from the Guardian's US headquarters in Manhattan while my colleague and environment reporter, Oliver Milman, has a salty breeze in his face at the tip of the island waiting for Thunberg to set foot on dry land after her zero-carbon crossing of the Atlantic .
For the last few hours the yacht was sailed on anchored off southern Brooklyn, going through customs and immigration procedures, and "tide allowing", it's expected to approach the city past the Statute of Liberty soon.
A flotilla of supporters under sail are expected to intercept her near Liberty and escort her to a marina just on the west side of the Manhattan tip, where the harbor meets the Hudson River.