Day 12. We are getting closer to the North American mainland. Rough conditions, but downwind sailing. pic.twitter.com/n9huwHUSGI— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) August 25, 2019
Talk about making an entrance. Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist just finished a two-week journey across the Atlantic Ocean in a sailboat. Her goal? To attend the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York in a way that avoided greenhouse gas emissions. She could have flown on a commercial jet, but instead opted to take the hard way. She covered her journey, often through high seas, on social media along the way.
Thunberg is a well-known climate activist who has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, addressed the UN Climate Conference before, and has skipped school to protest outside Sweden’s Parliament. She called it a “school strike,” and urged adults to do more about climate change. Since her first strike, an international movement has sprung up with other teenagers showing up in the streets to make their voices heard on the issue.
Day 13. Rough seas south of Nova Scotia. But conditions closer to New York will be slower than predicted and weather update suggests Wednesday arrival - an updated ETA will come as we near the coast. pic.twitter.com/IY6L9InSnp— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) August 26, 2019
She understands that climate change is complicated and multi-faceted issue facing the world, but she has a unique ability to boil it down to simple facts. Thunberg credits this to the fact that she has Asperger’s.
Thunberg plans to address the UN climate summit in New York before heading to Canada, Mexico, and Chile for more talks.
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