Already hours before arrival, the lights of Manhattan were visible on the horizon: After 15 days on the Atlantic Ocean, climate activist Greta Thunberg reached New York with a racing yacht at 9 pm German time.
Country!! The lights of Long Island and New York City ahead. pic.twitter.com/OtDyQOWtF5- Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) 28th August 2019
On August 14, the "Malizia II" set sail in Plymouth, southern England, for driving about 3,000 nautical miles (5,500 kilometers) across the Atlantic Ocean to the US - climate neutral. The racing yacht can only be driven by wind and currents, the electricity on board is generated by solar cells and underwater turbines.
Due to the strong wind that had driven the sailing yacht "Malizia II" last, Thunberg had initially expected an arrival on Tuesday. However, the wind decreased, as did the speed of the racing yacht.
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Most recently, the crew had to anchor several hours before Coney Island. The entrance to the harbor was only possible with the flood.
We have anchored off Coney Island - clearing customs and immigration. We will come ashore at North Cove Marina earliest 14:45 tide allowing. pic.twitter.com/t6yy5z2asp- Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) 28th August 2019
Thunberg wants to participate in New York, among others, at the UN Climate Summit in September and at several climate protests.
The United Nations has welcomed Thunberg with 17 sailboats on the water surface in front of the skyline. Each of them stood for one of the UN sustainability goals and was marked with an appropriate symbol on the sail. The goals include not only greater commitment to the climate crisis, but also the fight against poverty or equal rights for women.
Aboard the sailing yacht "Malizia II" were in addition to the North German sailing professional Boris Herrmann and activist Thunberg her father Svante, the filmmaker Nathan Grossmann and Herrmann sailing partner Pierre Casiraghi, son of Princess Caroline of Monaco.
Daily life on board. Drawing and playing games. Like the Navigators Trophy: When Will the Malizia II arrive in NYC? What do you think? Write in the comments. #unitebehindthescience #myoceanchallenge #fridaysforfuture #teammalizia #aracewemustwin pic.twitter.com/Ct6tcvRh8g- boris herrmann (@borisherrmann) August 20, 2019
Again and again, both the activist and sailor Boris Herrmann had posted updates from their trip on Twitter - including shaky videos during storms and pictures showing blue skies. If you wanted, you could follow the route live via a website.
Day 7. About halfway across the Atlantic Ocean. Very pleasant conditions. pic.twitter.com/1uRo2eomOg- Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) August 20, 2019
A lot of wind and high waves caused especially in the last days for harsh conditions on board.
Day 13. Rough seas south of Nova Scotia. Wednesday, April 10, 2010 ETA wants to come as we near the coast. pic.twitter.com/IY6L9InSnp- Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) August 26, 2019
However, Thunberg had recently been heavily criticized for her trip: The daily newspaper "taz" had recalculated how much CO2 Thunberg's route across the Atlantic actually caused - including the flights for the crew, which was supposed to sail back the yacht. The accusation: If Thunberg had flown itself, it would have been more climate-friendly.
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The sailing team resisted the criticism of the transatlantic flights: according to the team, a total of four flights are required - and not six, as many media have reported. Four flights would also have been incurred if Swedish climate activist Thunberg and her father had flown from Europe to the special climate summit in New York and back instead of sailing with the "Malizia II". In addition, all flights would be compensated by compensation payments.