Teen activist Greta Thunberg sets sail for climate summits
PLYMOUTH, England — Eco-activist Greta Thunberg set sail Wednesday from England for New York as part of her campaign to pressure politicians to put climate change at the top of their agendas.
The 16-year-old activist is hitching a ride on a sailboat designed to make a zero-carbon transAtlantic journey, and she plans to attend the U.N. climate summits next month in New York and in Santiago, Chile, in December.
Thunberg gained global attention last year when she refused to go to school in the weeks ahead of her native Sweden’s general election to highlight the impact of climate change. She continued her school strike on Fridays after the election, spurring thousands of young people around the world to follow suit.