On Wednesday afternoon, climate activist Greta Thunberg, after voyaging thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean, arrived at the land of United States. Two weeks ago, the 16-year-old started her journey to reach the United Nations climate summit in New York without producing carbon.
She posted a picture of her, on Wednesday morning after her boat floated near New York amid rising sun and pale yellow clouds. In the sail, there was written, “Unite Behind the Science,” Thunberg’s call to action. At the North Cove Marina near the World Trade Center, when she docked she was welcomed by all who cheered “Greta! Greta!” She carried a sign that read “Skolstrejk för klimatet,” or “School strike for the climate.”
She addressed dozens of supporters and called her voyage “overwhelming”. She said, “The ground is still shaking for me,” she said. “The trip was very surprisingly good. I did not feel seasick once.”
She was asked what she would miss about being in the ocean to which she replied, “To sit for hours and just stare at the ocean, not doing anything, that was great,” Thunberg said. “And of course to be in the wilderness, the ocean, and see the beauty of it,” she added.
The Swedish teenage girl becomes famous after encouraging young people worldwide to strike from school and raise awareness about climate change. She even rejected to fly because of the levels of emissions released during air travel.
She decided to head to the New York on the Malizia II which is carbon-neutral sailboat captained by Boris Herrmann. In the trip, she was accompanied by her father, documentary filmmaker Nathan Grossman and the head of the yacht’s racing team, Pierre Casiraghi.
To generate the electricity the boat is equipped with solar panels, underwater turbines making the ship ultraefficient. The boat is 60 feet in length. While passing through the Atlantic it also measured ocean surface temperature.
Before starting the jourbey she was a little bit nervous as she told the reporters, “Whether it’s seasickness or homesickness or just anxiety or I don’t know.”
“I don’t know how tough this journey will be.”
After heading the shore, Thunberg detailed her journey and at the same time she expressed her concern regarding deforestation, greenhouse gases and the fires in the Amazon rainforest, which she called “hard to imagine.”
“The climate and ecological crisis is a global crisis and the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced. If we don’t manage to work together and cooperate and work together despite our differences, we will fail,” she said.
“We need to stand together and support each other and take action, or otherwise it might too late. Let’s not wait any longer, let’s do it now,” she emphasised.