People are praising Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg as she makes a transatlantic trip to New York during rough seas in an effort to complete a zero-carbon crossing on a yacht.

The 16-year-old set sail across the Atlantic on the 14 August to attend UN summits on global warming in New York and Chile and she has been confronted by rough waters.

Taking to Twitter, where she is documenting her journey in a 60ft sailing yacht with solar panels and underwater turbines to generate zero-carbon electricity aboard, she wrote:

Day 13. Rough seas south of Nova Scotia. But conditions closer to New York will be slower than predicted and weather update suggests Wednesday arrival - an updated ETA will come as we near the coast.

Greta is documenting her trip online, and people are praising her dedication to climate change activism.

"Thank you for your courage and leadership"

The Swedish teen told BBC that travelling by boat rather than plane shows the world that “the climate change crisis is a real thing.”

Some people remain critical of the activist. Broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer frequently makes fun of the teenager on Twitter recently mocking her for having a plastic bottle on the ship.

But those voices were drowned out by the massive support

The Malizia II yacht is one of the world’s fastest ocean sailing boats and has no toilets, kitchens or privacy.

Greta is joined by skipper Boris Herrmann; Pierre Casiraghi and Pierre Casiraghi, grandson of American actress Grace Kelly, as well as her father, Svante Thunberg.

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