Greta Thunberg’s sailing won’t help the climate at all

Greta Thunberg’s sailing won’t help the climate at all

Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate activist and accidental musician, has arrived in New York via solar-powered yacht.

This is exciting news for many climate activists, since Thunberg made waves by choosing to travel to the U.S., where she will attend the United Nations climate summit, by taking a carbon-neutral yacht across the Atlantic.

At least, unlike other supposed climate activists, she follows through on her eco-friendly directives. Right?

Well, not exactly.

According to a report from the Associated Press, this maritime stunt will actually require flying people to the U.S. just to sail the boat back. All on its own, that renders Thunberg’s trip pretty much useless. The Sun explains:

“The £4m boat – skippered by Boris Herrmann – has been fitted with solar panels and underwater turbines that produce electricity on board, with the aim of making the journey zero-carbon.

However, reports in Germany have now revealed two people will have to jet out to America to return the ship to Europe.

Some news sources claimed a further two will also fly out to meet up with Greta, however those reports have yet to be confirmed.”

Hey, it’s hard to be a climate activist. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, who said the couple wouldn’t have many kids thanks to climate change, came under fire for flying in four private jets in less than two weeks, despite calling for global carbon emissions reductions.

The thought process among so many high-profile climate activists seems to be: Cut down on your carbon emissions, you plebes! Now, what time does my private jet leave?

Supporters of Thunberg will probably remain unbothered by the actual airplane-sized carbon footprint of her transatlantic journey. The Sun reports that one fan on Twitter proclaimed, “she’s fighting with symbols.”

Sure. Symbols may look good, but they don’t curb carbon emissions any more than the hashtags promoted by self-congratulatory celebrities.

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