Stockholm — Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager whose social media-savvy brand of eco-activism of students in Europe to skip classes and protest for faster action against climate change, said Monday that she plans to take her message to America the old-fashioned way: by boat. The 16-year-old tweeted that she’ll sail across the Atlantic aboard a high-tech racing yacht, leaving Britain next month to attend U.N. climate summits in New York in September and Santiago, Chile, in December.
Thunberg plans to take a year off from school to keep raising awareness of climate change and pressuring world leaders to step up efforts to curb global warming.
Thunberg wouldn’t rule out meeting with President Donald Trump, who wants the U.S. to withdraw from the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord, but appeared doubtful such an encounter would happen because she thinks it would be “just a waste of time.”
Aside from attending a summit hosted by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the global body’s annual assembly on Sept. 23, Thunberg plans to take part in several climate protests in New York. The British band The 1975 has released an album with a short essay by Thunberg set to music. It ends with her declaring “it is now time for civil disobedience. It is time to rebel.“
“You can rebel in different ways,” she said. “Civil disobedience is rebelling. As long as it’s peaceful, of course.”
The yacht she’ll be crossing the Atlantic with is a far cry from the Viking ships that first brought Scandinavians to America. Captained by yachtsman Boris Herrmann, the 60-foot Malizia II is fitted with solar panels and underwater turbines to generate zero-carbon electricity on board.
Isaiah 3:5, 12
5. And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbour: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable.
12. As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.