Monday, 13 July, 2020

Greta Thunberg arrives by sail in Europe for climate talks

Climate change activitst Greta Thunberg in Los Ángeles Greta Thunberg arrives by sail in Europe for climate talks
Deanna Wagner | 03 December, 2019, 21:42

Among them was the leader of Portugal's People Animals Nature party, Andre Silva, who praised Thunberg for her role in "tackling the greatest crisis of our times".

Thunberg says: "People are underestimating the force of angry kids".

She's on her way to Madrid, where the COP25 climate summit is now underway where she will demand urgent action on global warming.

"It turns out I've travelled half around the world, the wrong way".

Days later, Ms Thunberg posted to her Instagram saying she had accepted the offer of Australian couple Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu and their son Lenny to make the trip to Europe on their 48-foot catamaran called La Vagabonde.

Thunberg wanted a low-carbon form of transport to get to the climate meeting, which was switched at short notice to Spain from Chile due to unrest there.

Thunberg, her father, and the crew aboard La Vagabonde sailed for 20 days from NY on a yacht that saved on carbon emissions and reduced their carbon footprint.

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In September, Thunberg addressed the U.N. General Assembly in NY to berate world leaders, accusing them of having "stolen my dreams and my childhood". We expect to arrive at Doca de Santo Amaro, Lisbon sometime between 8.00-10.00 tomorrow morning'. We are all looking forward to see you there!'

Despite the grim statistics, young delegates said they were inspired by Thunberg's determination to minimise her own carbon footprint by twice braving the Atlantic instead of flying: which they saw as a symbol of resourcefulness and defiance.

Thunberg's arrival in Lisbon coincides with the release of a bleak report by the Geneva-based World Meteorological Organization.

The UN Environment Programme has also warned emissions would have to fall by 7.6 per cent a year up to 2030 to limit temperature rises to no more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.

The conference kicked off on Monday with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warning that the planet had reached a "point of no return".

Thunberg doesn't travel by plane because the high emissions associated with air travel.

Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg looks on during a march and rally at the Youth Climate Strike in Los Angeles, California, U.S., November 1, 2019.