Teen climate activist sparks awareness by sailing the Atlantic

Teen climate activist sparks awareness by sailing the Atlantic

Teen climate activist sparks awareness by sailing the Atlantic

16th of August 2019

There is hope in the world! Climate activist Greta Thunberg has set sail on her voyage from England to the USA for the United Nations climate talks in New York City next month. 

Greta Thunberg is a world renowned climate activist. Last year, the 16 year old first triggered a global movement of weekly “student strikes for climate” last year. She skipped classes every Friday to protest outside the Parliament of Sweden. Her strikes were to demand action against the climate crisis.

As part of her demonstration of pro environmental behaviour, Greta has made the bold move to sail to the UN Climate Action Summit.  She wants to reduce her carbon footprint versus flying. She’s sailing across the Atlantic on the Malizia II on a journey that should take around two weeks. The racing yacht will have no carbon footprint. It’s decked out with solar panels and underwater electricity turbines. There’s no shower or toilet on board, and meals are comprised of freeze-dried food. We’re inspired by her ability to leave nothing but footprints!

Before setting sail, Greta was asked how she expected others who are attending the UN climate talks to travel across continents. She said “I am not telling anyone what to do or what not to do… I am one of the very, very few people in the world who actually can do this and I think I should take that chance”. 

There’s certainly something to learn from this!

We shouldn’t expect everyone to be able to achieve the same as what we can. We live in hope that everyone takes the chance to do the good things that they can. If we can all make small steps, like travelling plastic-free, it’s a good place for most of us to start. 

Greta is a total inspiration! We wish her safe travels and we look forward to hearing what she has to say at the UN climate talks.