After spending two weeks aboard a solar-powered 60-foot racing yacht, world-renowned 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg will arrive in New York City today, where she’ll begin a months-long tour of the Americas and attend U.N. climate talks in New York and Santiago, Chile. Thunberg does not fly and chose to make the journey from Europe to the U.S. by boat due to the heavy carbon footprint of air travel. This is Greta Thunberg speaking from the yacht.
Greta Thunberg: “We are currently doing between 20 and 25 knots. Last night, we hit 30 knots. And we are about 300 miles away from Nova Scotia, and it’s very rough. There are very high waves. And yeah.”
Crowds of supporters and reporters are expected to greet Thunberg in Manhattan this afternoon.