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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.
@GretaThunberg Amazing journey you have , @GretaThunberg and now you are only 772KM from arrive to NYC 🇺🇸 Big brave… https://t.co/2E3zDJOtAV — L Karlsson (@L Karlsson)
@GretaThunberg Wow! Hang on Greta!!!
We need you!!! — Lisa Packard (@Lisa Packard)
@GretaThunberg Feel free to visit our ports if you need a rest, Greta! The port of Halifax or even Sydney Cape Bret… https://t.co/IKvG8mmgIC — Trevor Melski (@Trevor Melski)
@GretaThunberg How are you feeling Greta? I hope you’re coping well. Thank you for your courage and leadership — Ibrahim (@Ibrahim)
@GretaThunberg Wow. Just wow.
Your bravery for taking on this adventure and your principles that made you do so m… https://t.co/tr5bynPWGv — Richard Tiffin (@Richard Tiffin)
The Swedish teen told BBC that travelling by boat rather than plane shows the world that “the climate change crisis is a real thing.”
@JuliaHB1 She’s on a boat in the Atlantic. Where do you think their fresh water comes from? Do you think perhaps th… https://t.co/gzcYmH1Tfh — Argentum Vulpes (@Argentum Vulpes)
I'd love to see some of the cosseted, paunchy men who have attacked Thunberg in the press put up with even an hour… https://t.co/ohD9M6Dmj9 — Jeremy Cliffe (@Jeremy Cliffe)
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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