Teen Activist Greta Thunberg Arrives in New York By Boat, Putting ‘Climate Crisis’ in Spotlight

The young environmental campaigner (a 16 year old from Sweden) has been captivating people around the world since she waged a one-girl ‘school strike’ for climate action last August.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg, arrives in New York Harbour ahead of United Nations September, 2019 climate change summit

New from the United Nations

Posted August 28th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

(A Brief Foreword Note from Doug Draper at Niagara At Large – I continue to post the efforts of Greta Thunberg, to raise the world’s awareness of the global threat the climate crisis poses to us all because this  remarkable 16-year-old is a hero in my books. We desperately need more individuals that show her concern and dedication in positions of government leadership.)

After a two-week sail across the Atlantic, youth climate activist Greta Thunberg arrived in the Big Apple on Wednesday (August 28th) to take part in two major climate summits to be held at UN Headquarters next month.

Refusing to take a gas-guzzling plane, the Swedish teen decided on a zero-carbon mode of transportation to further bring awareness to the dangers of rising global emissions and pollution caused by human activity.

Despite the tight quarters and lack of creature comforts, she sailed with her father, a two-man crew and a camera person on the 60-foot Malizia II racing yacht with solar panels and underwater turbines that generated electric power. 

To show appreciation and solidarity for her mission toward a better world by 2030, the UN greeted the sixteen-year-old at the Verrazano Narrows Bridge with a flotilla of 17 sailboats.

“The UN has sent out one boat for each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to greet us!” she tweeted “Thank you!”

“We welcome Ms. Thunberg and wish her a pleasant stay after a long journey across the seas”, Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, told reporters in New York. 

The flotilla met Ms. Thunberg at the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, which links the New York City boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn.

The boats accompanied her to North Cove Harbor in Manhattan to show appreciation and solidarity for her mission to mobilize support for action to achieve SDG 13, on climate action, as well as the other 16 goals for a better world by 2030, unanimously adopted by world leaders at the UN in 2015.

Transformative youth

“Young people around the world are demanding urgent climate action by all leaders”, said Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General. 

“They are leading the kind of transformative change needed to drastically reduce carbon emissions to protect our planet and ensure the wellbeing of people,” 

Warning that “time is running out”, Ms. Mohammed affirmed that the UN is “proud to host hundreds of young activists and leaders, including Greta, who are answering the Secretary-General’s call to bring solutions to the Youth Climate and the Climate Action Summits”.

“Our individual and collective actions will transform our world, save lives and ensure a life of dignity for all”, maintained the UN deputy chief.

The Climate Summit aims to mobilize political and economic ambition at the highest levels to advance climate action and enable many of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

A teen’s climate action mission 

Stepping onto dry land for the first time in two weeks, Ms. Thunburg said at a press conference: “I would love not to have to do this and just go to school, but… I want to make a difference”.

Pointing to “the older generation” as causing the climate crisis, she stated that they “should not be saying to us ‘be a normal kid’ [because] we are just trying to clean up after them.”

The young environmental campaigner has been captivating people around the world since she waged a one-girl ‘school strike’ for climate action last August.

At that time, the then 15-year old stood by herself in front of the Swedish Parliament with a demonstration sign, calling for bold climate action. 

As she began drawing media attention, other students followed her lead and began staging similar protests in their own communities. 

To watch Greta Thunberg’s arrival this August 28th in New York and hear some of her words about the urgent need to address the global climate emergency now, please click on the screen below

To learn more about the upcoming United Nations climate change summit, click on https://www.un.org/en/climatechange/ .

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3 responses to “Teen Activist Greta Thunberg Arrives in New York By Boat, Putting ‘Climate Crisis’ in Spotlight

  1. Those of us from the Niagara region who have been waging a fight against the now infamous Thundering Waters development proposal can only dream that Greta would make her way to Ontario to speak face to face with the likes of Niagara Falls Mayor, Jim Diodati; his majority of morally compromised City Councilors; Helen Chang of GN(CAN) {Thundering Waters developer}; former and current Ontario Premiers, Kathleen Wynne and Doug Ford; Niagara region’s most notorious and irresponsible developers; Alex Herlovitch (Director of Planning, Building and Development for Niagara Falls) and past and present NPCA board members who never were or never will be staunch and vociferous defenders of the environment (no one will EVER forget Carmen D’Angelo’s speech during which he launched the term “wetland offsetting”, the phrase that gelled an unprecedented citizen activist movement), just to name a few of those who continue to place ego, pseudo-economics and personal gain over environmental protections.

    From lakes Ontario to Erie our forests, thickets, savannahs, PSWs, shorelines, water tables, watershed at large and all of the life they support as well as climate they protect/enhance are under siege leaving it up to local citizen activists to protect what is left. Election after election we fill seats with those who could care less about the environment.

    We have to do better.

    Our house IS on fire and an election is coming. Failure to vote for a party that makes environmental protections priority one is a vote for the rapid escalation of what is already becoming misery for all on a biblical scale.


  2. First, to Greta….BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She puts her money where her mouth is. Can you imagine crossing the mighty Atlantic in a tiny boat? Heavens, the Titanic couldn’t even make it. That is commitment and bravery. What eloquence for a 16 year old!

    Carla Rienzo, you are not alone. Groups trying to preserve Thundering Waters, Waverly Woods/Beach and hundreds of other sites around the province (and the entire world) wish “the powers that be” had as much common sense and the guts to stand up to greed and selfishness as Greta. For some reason baby boomers (of which I am one) have been greedy and selfish for far too long. Some just can’t comprehend that the clock is ticking, even those who have children and grandchildren who will inherit the mess we are leaving.

    Animals can’t and won’t cross major highways or stroll through subdivisions full of people and our predator pets to get to a lake and you can’t just transfer every little frog, turtle, insect and salamander to a fake environment and expect them to thrive. What happens to the least of our fellow creatures on the planet will eventually happen to us. Extinctions are at an all time high since the Paleogene extinction and that was due to a natural disaster.

    What happened to the same boomers who protested the Vietnam War, Love Canal, the Cuyahoga River and demanded civil rights? I guess it’s called complacency. We have ours so to heck with everyone else.

    Greta is putting millions of climate deniers and selfish b**tards to shame and it’s well deserved. Let’s name a few…FORD, BOLSONARO, TRUMP. Now we ALL must listen to the sage advice of a child before it’s too late.


  3. I watched the full videos of her arrival on You Tube. The remarks in response to the videos of her arrival in NYC are vile and disgusting. They are calling her a witch, autistic, a puppet….all kinds of nasty things. Someone is DESPERATE to discredit her.

    Just a comment from Bill Maher – “The recently deceased Koch brother said he didn’t want to be buried. He wished to be cremated and have his ashes blown into a child’s lungs!”


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