“Land!! The lights of Long Island and New York City ahead,” teen climate activist Greta Thunberg tweeted last Wednesday.
After a 15-day journey across the Atlantic, the 16-year-old successfully reached the United States for the United Nations climate meeting in New York without adding any carbon to the Earth’s atmosphere.
Greta started her journey from Britain around two weeks ago. She refused to take a plane knowing it would be bad for the environment, so instead hopped on board the boat Malizia II.
The boat has solar panels and underwater motors that make electricity. It can also measure the ocean surface temperature.
“The ground is still shaking for me,” she said.
“The trip was very surprisingly good. I did not feel seasick once.”
Greta kept the world updated each day of the trip on Twitter. The seas were rough at times – and so was the criticism. Greta faced attacks online during the journey.
After reaching the shore, Greta spoke about the journey and her worries about the environment. She talked about the number of trees being cut down, greenhouse gases, and the fires in the Amazon rainforest.
The activist plans to go to climate meetings in New York and Santiago in Chile. She plans on going to these meetings using the most environmentally-friendly way possible.