Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has arrived in New York for a UN summit after a zero-emissions boat trip across the Atlantic.
The 16-year-old tweeted a photo of herself with the New York skyline behind her and the caption “Manhattan!” as she completed her Atlantic crossing from England.
In a news conference shortly after her arrival, Greta said: “All of this is very overwhelming. The ground is still shaking for me.”
Answering questions from a large crowd of journalists, she said: “It is insane that a 16-year-old has to cross the Atlantic to make a stand, and this of course is not something that I want everyone to do.
“The climate and ecological crisis is the biggest humanity has ever faced and if we don’t manage to work together and co-operate despite our differences, we will fail.
“We need to stand together and support each other and take action – otherwise it will be too late,” she said.
“Let’s not wait any longer, let’s do it now.”
Greta refused to fly to avoid a plane’s gas emissions and instead set sail two weeks ago in order to attend the UN Climate Action Summit on global warming on 23 September.
She will join climate change demonstrations until then.
Along with her father and two crew members, she set sail on the racing yacht on 14 August from Plymouth.
The Malizia II yacht has two hydro generators which are lowered into the water to generate electricity as well as solar panels on deck, allowing them to make a zero-carbon journey.
Greta started the #FridaysforFuture movement which has inspired children around the world to go on strike from school on Fridays to raise awareness of climate change.
She says she will now spend a few days relaxing, staying dry and enjoying food that isn’t freeze dried.
Asked about the US president, who has said he does not believe humans have significantly contributed to climate change, she said: “I always get asked about Donald Trump.
“My message for him is to just listen to the science – he obviously doesn’t do that. As I always say to this question – nobody has been able to convince him of the climate crisis, so how would I be able to?”
After the summit, Greta will make her way to Chile for a climate change conference in Santiago in December.
Addressing media coverage of her activism, she said: “There is a huge focus on me as an individual which takes away from the problem. But there is not much that I can do about that.”
Source: SKY NEWS