Teen climate activist overwhelmed by NY welcome

Pablo Tucker
September 1, 2019

The young Swedish girl, a symbol of the battle against climate change and accompanied by her father Svante Thunberg and filmmaker Nathan Grossman, has just completed her first Atlantic crossing to take part in the United Nations Climate Action Summit organised by UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, in NY on 23rd September.

Sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg and her crew were escorted into a lower Manhattan marina at about 4 p.m. Wednesday, concluding a two-week crossing from Plymouth, England.

The teenager waved, was lifted onto a dock, and then took her first wobbly steps on dry land.

"All of this is very overwhelming", she said of the reception, looking slightly embarrassed.

Thunberg has drawn attention to the greenhouse gas emissions caused by air travel.

She also plans to speak on NY streets about the need for steps against climate change.

She did not get seasick once, she said.

"Whether it's seasickness or homesickness or just anxiety or I don't know", she told the Times.

"It's insane that a 16-year-old has to cross the Atlantic in order to take a stand, but that's how it is", she said.

The teenager has since become a figurehead for climate action with her stark warnings of catastrophe if the world does not act now to cut carbon emissions and curb global warming.

The boat carrying Greta, the Malizia II, encountered rough seas that slowed it down for a day.

The Swede was offered a ride on the Malizia II racing yacht skippered by Pierre Casiraghi, the son of Monaco's Princess Caroline, and German round-the-world sailor Boris Herrmann.

This was no pleasure cruise.

As the vessel was designed for racing, it was built for speed--but not comfort. She ate freeze-dried food and used a bucket as a toilet.

Upon arrival, the sailboat was met by Torqeedo-powered electric boats to escort the sailboat to its final berth in Manhattan.

Some 2,000 people greeted her at the pier. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize earlier this year.

Thunberg has been accompanied by her father, Swedish author Svante Thunberg and a cameraman/documentary filmmaker Nathan Grossman. "That basically means I only speak when I think it's necessary". "To sit for hours and just stare at the ocean, not doing anything, that was great", Thunberg said. After crossing the Atlantic, the expedition will arrive in the USA ahead of her participation in the United Nations climate summit at the end of September, Efe news reported.

In addition, she had a message for him, "My message for him is listen to the science and he obviously doesn't do that".

Miss Thunberg continued: "If no one has convinced him about the climate crisis emergency then why should I be able to do that? So, I am going to now focus on spreading awareness and the people, in general, will stay caring and realize how big of a crisis this is", Thunberg added.

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