Teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg has arrived in New York after a 15-day, 3,000-mile voyage across the Atlantic
After a two-week journey sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg arrived in New York on Wednesday at a marina in Lower Manhattan.
Greta Thunberg stepped off the emission-free racing yacht that brought her and held a news conference a few minutes later, saying, “The ground is still shaking for me.”
Greta Thunberg said, “If no one has been able to convince him about the climate crisis the urgency then why should I be able to do that?”
Transatlantic to make a point
She stepped foot on land just after 4 p.m. and the 16-year-old then addressed reporters. She said “everyone always asks about Donald Trump — ‘Listen to the science’ and he obviously does not do that. If no one has been able to convince him about the climate crisis and the urgency, why would I be able to?”
Greta Thunberg, looking slightly embarrassed, said ”All of this is very overwhelming” of the crowd who welcomed her to Manhattan. She encountered some rough seas. Greta said her trip across the Atlantic wasn’t as uncomfortable as she expected, according to The Associated Press. Thunberg mentioned that she didn’t get seasick once, but said “this is not something I want everyone to do.
“It is insane that a 16-year-old would have to cross the Atlantic Ocean to make a stand,” she said. “The climate and ecological crisis is a global crisis, the biggest crisis that humanity has ever faced, and if we don’t manage to work together and to cooperate and to work together despite our differences, then we will fail.”
Greta Thunberg, used the boat to raise awareness of the greenhouse gases emitted by the use of commercial airplanes. Moreover, she tweeted that her vessel, named Malizia II, anchored off Coney Island.
The United Nations welcomed Thunberg with a flotilla of 17 sailboats — each branded with an icon from its Sustainable Development Goals.
Thunberg’s yacht had no kitchen, no heating, no fridge, and no bathroom. Moreover, the vessel generated electricity through solar panels and wind turbines. Also, Thunberg documented parts of her journey on Twitter. Thereafter, she posts videos of the high seas, photos of herself and the crew, and short commentaries about climate change.
Voice of the Planet
Thunberg recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the start of her climate change movement. Last August, she began striking alone outside the Swedish parliament. Soon, students around the world began walking out of school, demanding action from their governments. Greta is called the ‘The Voice Of The Planet’. She is Nobel Peace Prize nominee.
While she’s here in the U.S., Greta will participate in two global climate strikes. Furthermore, she will also be attending the U.N.’s Youth Summit on Climate and Climate Action Summit on September 21 and 23. However, it’s unclear how she plans to eventually travel back home.