Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, who refuses to travel by plane to avoid polluting emissions, sailed on Wednesday from the United Kingdom on a sailboat to the United States, where in September she will attend the UN climate summit.
Thunberg, 16, who has taken a sabbatical year at school, is accompanied, among others, by his father, Svante, and the youngest son of Carolina of Monaco, Pierre Casiraghi.
The boat will cross the Atlantic in about two weeks, so the girl will arrive in advance to the US. to participate at the end of next month at the New York summit.
The teenage activist started a long journey in the port of Plymouth (southwest England) that will also take her to Canada, Mexico and finally to Chile, where in December she plans to attend another conference on the climate emergency.
The Swedish plans to travel on trains and buses from one end of the American continent to the other.
The boat in which Thunberg sails is equipped with solar panels and underwater turbines that allow the use of electricity on board without emitting carbon dioxide.
"We did a navigation test two days ago, we went out for several hours and I didn't feel bad. I got dizzy for a minute or two, and then I was fine," the teenager told the media.
"I've never done anything like this, I can't say what this challenge is going to be like, I'm going to have to find out."
A weekly school strike encouraged by Thunberg in front of his country's Parliament last year became a benchmark for global youth movements against the climate crisis.
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