After more than two months in North America, young Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg left the United States on Wednesday on a catamaran. Destination Europe and the UN climate meeting, the Cop 25 in Madrid in early December.
On Wednesday in Hampton, Virginia, on the East Coast of the United States, Greta Thunberg and her father, Svante, embarked on the sailboat "La Vagabonde", owned by a young Australian couple who lives there with their 11-month-old son. .
A sailor aboard the catamaran
"I want to thank all the people I met in North America for their incredible hospitality," she tweeted from the ocean.
I want to thank all the people who have come to North America for their incredible hospitality. And thank you for your amazing support!
(This wet plate was taken by Shane Balkowitsch on Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota.) pic.twitter.com/ZFAEqM5RPZ
– Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) November 13, 2019
The couple had suggested to the Thunbergs to bring them back to Europe, after the activist, who does not take the plane, had launched an appeal on November 1 on social networks for a transatlantic means of transport. British sailor Nikki Henderson joined the crew for the crossing. The 14-meter boat plans to reach Portugal, more than 5,500 km away. The crossing should take at least two weeks, according to Nikki Henderson.
For 11 weeks, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg helped spread the "school strikes" she launched in Sweden in August 2018 on the North American continent.
Arrived in New York at the end of August aboard a different sailboat, she traveled on the continent by electric vehicle, a Tesla made available by the former actor and governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Donald Trump, an additional mobilization factor
She denounced the inaction of world leaders at the UN special summit on climate in September, and participated every Friday in demonstrations from New York to Vancouver, via Washington,
Montreal, Alberta, Iowa, North Dakota, Los Angeles and Charlotte. "On the one hand, many things have changed in a good way, but several months have passed without real action, without people realizing the urgency," she said, confident not really more optimistic than before his journey. As for Donald Trump, she ruled that
his climate denial may have paradoxically boosted the mobilization: "He is so extreme, and says things so extreme, that people have woken up in a certain way."
"If I arrive on time, I will attend the Cop 25 because I have been invited," said the Swede. Initially planned in Santiago de Chile, the climate conference will finally be held in Madrid because of
of the local protest movement. For 2020, "I do not have a project yet". She took a one-year break from school, and her return to school will be in August. "If I'm invited, I'll try to go to places I've never been to, first to Asia, and of course to world leaders' meetings, if I'm invited," Greta Thunberg said.