Greta Thunberg: Climate change activist sails into New York City

Greta Thunberg: Climate change activist sails into New York City

Greta Thunberg gives a thumbs up from her yacht after arriving in New York

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Greta Thunberg has arrived in New York after two weeks of sailing across the Atlantic

Teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg has landed in New York after a 15-day journey across the Atlantic by boat.

She will be participating in UN climate summits in New York City and Chile.

The 16-year-old Swede sailed from Plymouth in the UK on a zero-emissions yacht in order to minimise the carbon footprint of her travel.

After arriving at Coney Island on Wednesday morning, she has since begun sailing into the city.

Ms Thunberg was expected to arrive sooner, but rough seas slowed her progress. She has been documenting the 3,000-mile (4,800km) voyage on social media.

As she departed the UK two weeks ago, she told the BBC that travelling by boat sends a signal that “the climate change crisis is a real thing”.

When asked if she could make US President Donald Trump listen she answered with a simple “no”.

“I’m not that special. I can’t convince everyone,” she said. “I’m just going to do what I want to do and what will have most impact.”

She will be present at the UN climate summit on 23 September and the COP25 climate conference in Chile in December.

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The teenager has made headlines for her “school strikes” which have inspired a worldwide climate change protest movement.

Her first “strike for climate” took place outside the Swedish Parliament in August last year.

Ms Thunberg travelled on the Malizia II, a high-speed, 60ft (18m) racing yacht with underwater turbines and no carbon emissions.

She made the journey with her father, captain Boris Herrmann, Monaco royal family member Pierre Casiraghi and a Swedish documentary maker, Nathan Grossman.

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Her boat had no shower or toilet, according to Reuters, and the sailing party ate freeze-dried food.

The teenager was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize earlier this year.

Ms Thunberg has been diagnosed with Asperger’s, a form of autism, which she told the BBC allows her to “see things from outside the box”.

“If I would’ve been like everyone else, I wouldn’t have started this school strike for instance,” she said.

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