Refusing to fly, activist is on a perilous journey to America

August 19, 2019

Source: Twitter 

 

Renowned climate activist Greta Thunberg has swapped the comforts of commercial air travel for the perils of the open ocean, as she embarks on a journey to the US from Plymouth in the UK. 

 

Already making headway, she will reach New York in approximately two weeks - in time for a series of U.N. climate change summits, where the 16-year-old will continue her campaign to spur politicians into taking action. 

 

In keeping with her ethos (Al Gore, are you listening?) and commitment to protecting the environment, Thunberg's solar-powered voyage aboard the 60-foot (18 metres) yacht Malizia II will generate zero carbon emissions. 

 

Photo credit: European Union  

 

While she has been showered with praise by the likes of UK Labour MP Ed Miliband, former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and even the Pope, she has had her fair share of detractors as well. 

 

In particular, Arron Banks, who backed the Brexit campaign, drew widespread condemnation for a controversial tweet in which he said: "Freak yachting accidents do happen in August". 

 

However, his ill-wishes will be the least of her worries, as the brave young Swede foresees seasickness but nonetheless looks forward to her journey. 

 

 

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