Globally-acclaimed climate activist Greta Thunberg will cross the Atlantic Ocean from the UK to New York in a racing yacht to attend the UN Climate Action Summit, COP25 in Santiago, Chile, and other events.
Thunberg has shunned air travel due to high amounts of greenhouse gases emitted by conventionally-powered aircraft.
She will make the journey, along with her father, on the 60-foot Malizia 2, crewed by captain Boris Herrmann, Monaco royal family member Pierre Casiraghi and Swedish documentary maker, Nathan Grossman.
We are looking forward to seeing you and many other young people at the #ClimateAction Summit, @gretathunberg! Your generation has grasped the urgency of the climate crisis better than many others – it's time we listen. https://t.co/9eofnEGPdX https://t.co/UJdWQvEEjI— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) July 31, 2019
The journey will take approximately two weeks. The yacht is equipped with solar panels and underwater turbines, generating zero-carbon electricity on board.
Pierre Casiraghi, team founder and co-skipper added: “Greta is an ambassador who delivers a fundamental message both for our society and for the survival of future generations.
“Team Malizia and I are proud to take Greta across the Atlantic in this challenging mode of transport, unfortunately today this is still the only way without fossil fuel emissions. Hopefully this will change in the near future. I respect Greta’s courage to take on this adventure and fully commit, sacrifice and fight for probably the greatest challenge of humanity.”
Source: This article was originally published on our sister website Smart Energy International