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Two and a half months after her arrival in New York Harbor, Greta Thunberg set sail back to Europe.
The 16-year-old Swede's visit to the US was a storm for our time: she had demanded of the world leaders of the United Nations: "You all come to us young people to have hope, how dare you? " She had been on the side of millions in the global climate change march. She had gathered with thousands of classmates in places like Iowa City. She had been standing with Indian activists at Standing Rock.
And she experienced life in the US, a country that she believes plays an "incredibly important" role in combating climate change.
"You are such a big country," she told NPR in September. "When in Sweden we ask politicians to do something, they say," It does not matter what we do – because we only look at the US "
" I think you have a tremendous responsibility " Conducting climate efforts, she added, "You have the moral responsibility to do so."
With their steel vision and unwavering urge to make the world's adults take the necessary steps to bring about another climate catastrophe Thunberg has pioneered a global movement with young people.
She is now both a celebrity and an oracle and has gained worldwide fame since her first "School Climate Strike" in August 2018 when she protested to the Swedish Parliament, Instead of going to class.
She had intended to make her way to Chile for the next round of UN climate talks, but the unrest there spurred the annual COP25 climate conference to move from Santiago to Madrid.
But she could not just get another flight: Thunberg will not fly because of the oversized emissions of air traffic She had to find a boat that was going her way.
She published a request on Twitter : "It turned out that I traveled half way around the world in the wrong way 🙂 Now I have to find a way to reach the Atlantic in November If someone could help me find a means of transport, I would be so grateful. "
November is not the main sailing season in the North Atlantic, but one response from an Australian man named Riley Whitelum read:" Greta, this is Riley from Sailing La Vagabonde, so if you contact me, we are sure we can organize something. "
Whitelum and Elayna Carausu have a catamaran, a baby and a million subscribers following their numbers. boatlife on YouTube.
Over the next few weeks, the world's most famous climate activist will be there.
La Vagabonde is equipped with solar panels and hydropower generators, so that the CO2 emissions are minimal. Thunberg had sailed on a boat from Europe to New York, although this catamaran unlike this ship has a toilet.
The trip is expected to take two to four weeks, and Thunberg hopes to reach Spain in time for the climate conference. The boat's position can be tracked online.
When the catamaran set sail from Minnesota on Wednesday morning from Hampton, Virginia, the temperatures were in their thirties, and Thunberg and her fellow sailors – including her father, who had traveled with her – were bunched up against the cold.
Thunberg showed her typical self-esteem before embarking on the high seas.
"I'm looking forward to it," she told the AP, "just to get away and put it all together and just get separated."
She had another message for the Americans: vote.
"We must realize that this is a crisis, and we must do what we can now to spread awareness and put pressure on the rulers." She told The Guardian . "Elections are coming soon in the US, and it's very important that everyone who votes vote."