Wednesday 18 September 2019

Activist Greta arrives in US after sailing to cut down on emissions

 

Greta Thunberg sailed to the US after ruling out a flight. Photo: Mike Segar/Reuters
Greta Thunberg sailed to the US after ruling out a flight. Photo: Mike Segar/Reuters

Tom Nesdale

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has crossed the Atlantic on a zero-emissions sailboat to attend a conference on global warming.

Yesterday before dawn, Greta tweeted: "Land!! The lights of Long Island and New York City ahead."

She and a sailing crew encountered rough seas on the way to New York.

They were expected to step off the boat at a marina in lower Manhattan after completing the transatlantic voyage, which took 15 days.

The Swedish teenager refused to fly to avoid a plane's gas emissions.

Action against climate change has been a theme of protests she has led in Sweden that inspired student strikes in around 100 cities worldwide.

She is set to speak at the United Nations Climate Action Summit next month.

Irish Independent

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