Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate activist, set sail Wednesday on a racing yacht bound for New York. The boat cast off from the Mayflower Marina in Plymouth, England. Ms. Thunberg is making this voyage because she refuses to fly because aviation has such an enormous carbon footprint. She is scheduled to attend the United Nations climate summit talks next month, speaking at a youth summit on September 21 and then at the main meeting on September 23. She also plans to travel to Chile for the next round of United Nations-sponsored climate talks in December.
By Somini Sengupta. New York Times. August 13, 2019.