Climate activist extraordinaire Greta Thunberg is at it again as she traveled to New York City via boat to join the UN Climate Summit.
Her journey began August 14th as she left from Plymouth, England and travelled for two weeks to the North Cove Marina where 200 people were waiting for her arrival.
Greta has sworn off the use of planes due to their extreme carbon emissions. Her boat, Malizia 2, is equipped with solar panels and underwater turbines. These upgrades has made it one of the few truly emissions free boat in the world. Throughout the two week trip, she documented the journey on her social media accounts.
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Malizia 2 is fitted with solar panels and hydro generators making it one of the very few ships in the world allowing trips like this to be emission free. Malizia 2 also has an onboard lab to measure ocean surface CO2 and water temperature in cooperation with Max Planck institute.
The teen was invited to speak at the UN Climate Action Summit taking place in New York September 23rd. According to their website, the summit intends to work towards implementing actions set forth in the Paris Climate Agreement.
The summit intends their meeting to send message both politically and economically that these countries are committed to green living.
Greta has inspired youth around the world by protesting climate change and advocating for action. Many sister protests have popped up around the world as a result of her hard work and she is looked to as a shining example of what youth activism is and what it can do.
In addition to receiving praise from UN members such as María Fernanda Espinosa and Antonio Guterres, Greta joined other young protestors on August 30th in New York City under the Fridays For Future protests.The protestors gathered outside the UN headquarters to advocate for actual action to curb climate change.
Greta along with two other protestors, Alexandria Villaseñor, and Xiye Bastida Patrick, were invited in the UN by María Fernanda Espinosa. During this meeting, they discussed global heating, forest fires, and more specifically the Amazon fire.
Greta began gaining a following after starting a weekly Friday strike in Sweden. This spurred the Fridays for Future protests that have spanned the world. Alexandria Villaseñor was one such student who, every Friday, has protested outside the UN since December.
Greta may be only 16-years-old, but she is a powerhouse. In an interview with the Guardian she told a reporter that she wanted to see world leaders actually make a plan towards curbing climate change instead of just offering up “nice words”.
She didn’t just stop there. She was asked whether or not she’d meet with President Trump while here in the US. Her response was golden.
It’s strange everyone always asks me about Donald Trump. My message for him is just listen to the science, and he obviously doesn’t do that. As I always say to this question, if no-one has been able to convince him about the climate crisis, the urgency, then why should I be able to do that.”
Youth around the United States are extremely excited to have Greta here. Her presence is believed to amplify the Fridays for Future protests spurring across the States.
Greta Thunberg is slated to speak at both UN Climate Summits happening later this month as well as the one held in Santiago, Chile in December.
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