Greta Thunberg
Greta Thunberg at her address to the European Parliament © European Parliament/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

Globally-acclaimed climate activist Greta Thunberg will cross the Atlantic Ocean from the UK to New York in a racing yacht to attend the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, COP25 in Santiago, Chile, and other events.

Ms. Thunberg has shunned air travel due to high amounts of greenhouse gases emitted by conventionally-powered aircraft, and will make the journey, along with her father, on the 60-foot Malizia 2, crewed  by captain Boris Herrmann, Monaco royal family member Pierre Casiraghi and Swedish documentary maker, Nathan Grossman.

The journey will take approximately two weeks.

The yacht is equipped with solar panels and underwater turbines, generating zero-carbon electricity on board.

Pierre Casiraghi, team founder and co-skipper added: “Greta is an ambassador who delivers a fundamental message both for our society and for the survival of future generations.

“Team Malizia and I are proud to take Greta across the Atlantic in this challenging mode of transport, unfortunately today this is still the only way with out fossil fuel emissions. Hopefully this will change in the near future. I respect Greta’s courage to take on this adventure and fully commit, sacrifice and fight for probably the greatest challenge of humanity.”

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