It’s Thursday, August 29, and the world’s most famous teen climate activist has finally arrived stateside.

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg made landfall in New York on Wednesday after two weeks at sea on a zero-carbon racing yacht. As her boat sailed around the Statue of Liberty, it met a flotilla of 17 sailboats, each of their sails emblazoned with one of the United Nations’ sustainable development goals.

After informing the awaiting crowds that she did not feel seasick on her voyage, the 16-year-old turned to more pressing matters. “We need to stand together and take action because otherwise it might be too late, so let’s not wait any longer. Let’s do it now,” she said to raucous applause. With her customary straightforwardness, she added: “It is insane that a 16-year-old would have to cross the Atlantic to take a stand … [against] the climate and ecological crisis.”

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Thunberg captured international attention last year when she started skipping school on Fridays to protest in front of the Swedish Parliament. Eventually, other school children joined the lone protestor, and the “Fridays For Future” protest movement was born.

Thunberg will attend the United Nations climate summit next month and plans to protest with New York climate activists during her stay.

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