It started out as a single protest in August of 2017. Greta Thunberg wanted the Swedish parliament to keep their word and fight climate change, so every Friday she stood outside the Swedish parliament and protested. Her acts of protest have since inspired other young climate change activists to fight for the planet. But she isn’t just talking the talk and not walking the walk … oh, no!
On August 15th, sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg was greeted with cheers when she landed in New York after a two-week long journey across the Atlantic Ocean via a sailing yacht named the Malizia II. Why sail instead of fly? Commercial jet fuel is one of the greatest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions which warm the planet. Thunberg wanted to reduce her environmental impact while making her way across the world to speak at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York. How was her journey? According to her social media posts, it wasn’t always a pleasant journey—we’re talking large gusts of wind, rough seas, and cold temperatures—but thanks to a great crew, and a sailing yacht that was outfitted with solar panels and underwater turbines, Thunberg was able to complete her journey and continue on with her fight to save planet Earth. Go, Greta!