Greta Thunberg sets sail for North America
It’s Monday, July 29, and Greta Thunberg is about to prove how serious she is about climate.
Fresh off her pop music debut, Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teen activist (and badass) who inspired a massive youth movement to combat the climate crisis, announced she will sail on a transatlantic voyage in August as part of a months-long tour around the Americas.
The 16-year-old Thunberg will travel on the two-week trip from the United Kingdom to New York City aboard the Malizia II, a racing eco-yacht fitted with solar panels and underwater turbines that produce electricity onboard. It will be a zero-carbon journey. You could say she’s walking the walk (or maybe sailing the sail).
What about the school year? Thunberg is taking a sabbatical year off. During the break, she will be joining large-scale climate demonstrations in New York City in late September and is expected to speak at the U.N. Climate Action Summit. After traveling across North America, Thunberg will head to the annual U.N. climate conference, a.k.a. COP25, in Chile, by train and bus. (In her native Sweden, flygskam is a thing.)
“During the past year, millions of young people have raised their voice to make world leaders wake up to the climate and ecological emergency,” Thunberg said in a statement. “Over the next months, the events in New York and Santiago de Chile will show if they have listened.”
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