Greta Thunberg Is Hitching A Ride To Spain With Two Australian YouTubers
Climate activist Greta Thunberg has finally secured herself a ride on the next leg of her low emissions journey round the world after being offered a lift from two Australian sailing YouTubers.
The 16-year-old activist was due to speak at the UN climate summit in December, but found herself stranded in the United States after the conference's location was changed from Chile to Spain at the last minute.
Thunberg made headlines when she announced she would only be travelling using eco-friendly means of transport, making her way from her home in Sweden to the USA in August via yacht, and then making her way across the US mainland by using trains and an electric car borrowed from Arnold Schwarzenegger.
But after the location of the UN conference was switched from Santiago in Chile to Madrid, Spain, following political unrest in the region, Greta found herself without a viable mode of transport.
Greta said: "It turns out I've travelled half around the world, the wrong way."
Thankfully, on Tuesday night the Nobel peace prize nominee announced that she had found a solution, with help coming from an unlikely place.
Thunberg's saviours come in the form of Australian vloggers Riley Whitlum and Elayna Carausu, who along with professional yachtswoman Nikki Henderson will set sail for Europe with Greta in tow on their 48ft long catamaran.
So happy to say I'll hopefully make it to COP25 in Madrid.
I've been offered a ride from Virginia on the 48ft catamaran La Vagabonde. Australians @Sailing_LaVaga ,Elayna Carausu & @_NikkiHenderson from England will take me across the Atlantic.
We sail for Europe tomorrow morning! pic.twitter.com/qJcgREe332
- Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) November 12, 2019
The boat leaves little to no carbon footprint, boasting solar panels and a hydro-generators for power. It also has a toilet, unlike the boat on which she sailed from the United Kingdom to New York in August, which only had a bucket.
Whitlum and Carasau are YouTube's most popular sailing vloggers, boasting over a million subscribers as they post a new video every week chronicling their trip around the world with their 11-month-old son.
The UN climate summit is set to take place on December 2, leaving Greta with just four weeks to sail halfway across the world.
Thunberg arrived in the US four weeks ago after sailing from England, delivering an iconic speech to the UN on the climate crisis and lambasted governments for betraying young people.
She had planned to travel slowly down to Chile through the Americas. Two weeks ago, she had posted to social media asking for help.
"Now I need to find a way to cross the Atlantic in November ... If anyone could help me find transport I would be so grateful."
The race is on. Bon Voyage Greta, let's hope that everyone involved makes it safe and on time.
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