Teen Activist Plans Daring Voyage to UN Climate Change Conference
See the lengths 16-year-old Greta Thunberg is willing to go to, in order to have her voice heard on climate change.
This time of year, most teenagers are enjoying their summer vacation, starting to think about the coming school year, or maybe planning college applications or visits.
But Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, in planning to take a racing yacht across the Atlantic Ocean to attend a United Nations summit meeting on global warming.
Thunberg was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for leading youth climate change protests.
Thunberg announced on Twitter she would be attending the U.N. climate talks in New York City after she was offered a ride on offered a ride a 60-foot racing yacht. Thunberg plans to leave Europe in mid-August for the two-week journey. According to the New York Times, she does not use air travel due to greenhouse gas emissions .
In addition to the climate talks in New York, Thunberg also plans to attend the annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change talks in Santiago, Chile this December.
"We still have a window of time when things are in our own hands. But that window is closing fast. That is why I have decided to make this trip now," Thunberg said in a statement, writing that these two conferences "are pretty much where our future will be decided."
Thunberg will make the two-week trans-Atlantic voyage on this 60 foot racing yacht.
While a trans-Atlantic yacht voyage may sound like a luxury vacation, that is not the case for Thunberg. The yacht's skipper told the New York Times the vessel is built for speed, not comfort. It has no kitchen, refrigeration system, air-conditioning or showers.
The Malizia II racing team designed and developed the yacht to be a zero-emissions vessel. The yacht does have motors and fuel, but they are only used in case of an emergency.