Swedish activist Greta Thunberg coping on 'roller coaster' yacht
August 17 2019 07:08 PM
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (L) and German captain Boris Herrmann wave from aboard the M
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (L) and German captain Boris Herrmann wave from aboard the Malizia II IMOCA class sailing yacht, off the coast of Plymouth, southwest England


Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg said Saturday life on the racing yacht ferrying her to New York was ‘like camping on a roller coaster.’ 

The 16-year-old refuses to fly, citing the CO2 emissions caused by aviation, and is travelling on the Malizia, a racing yacht captained by German sailor Boris Herrmann and Pierre Casiraghi of Monaco.

‘Eating and sleeping well and no sea sickness so far,’ she tweeted, adding that being on the yacht ‘is like camping on a roller coaster!’  She began her strike outside the Swedish parliament on August 20, 2018. Her activism inspired other young people across Europe and beyond to demand action on climate change under the ‘Fridays For Future’ slogan.

Herrmann earlier tweeted: ‘When you have no wind and your drifting around... !!! Ahh the contrast to yesterday.... gives some time to slow the boat to have a wash and play some games... which @gretathunberg keeps winning.’  The yacht set sail Wednesday from a marina in Plymouth in England for the estimated two-week voyage.

Conditions on the yacht are spartan. Herrmann said there are no toilets, and only thin, tube-like bunks for beds.

In the US, Thunberg plans to attend the UN Climate Action Summit in New York on September 23 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, as well as climate protests planned for September 20 and 27.

She will also visit Canada and Mexico before joining the annual UN climate change conference hosted by Chile in December.

Her father Svante Thunberg and filmmaker Nathan Grossman were also on board the 18-metre yacht.

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