Teen ac­tivist Greta Thun­berg sets sail for cli­mate sum­mits

The Morning Call - - NATION & WORLD -

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.

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