Climate-Activist Teen Sailed From Europe to US to Avoid CO2 Emissions — Now Her Sailing Team Is Flying Home

Swedish 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg sails underneath the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on the Malizia II racing yacht in New York Harbor as she nears the completion of her trans-Atlantic crossing in order to attend a United Nations summit on climate change in New York, U.S., August 28, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Swedish 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg sails underneath the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on the Malizia II racing yacht in New York Harbor as she nears the completion of her trans-Atlantic crossing in order to attend a United Nations summit on climate change in New York, U.S., August 28, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old climate activist, is facing some backlash after it became clear that her voyage to the United States may not have been as eco-friendly as it appeared.

Thunberg garnered global fame as she led a youth movement by skipping school to protest inaction on climate change in her home country of Sweden. Her small protest turned into a global demonstration where thousands of students skipped school to demonstrate on behalf of the planet.

Her demonstrations earned her both fame and a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.

As part of her global campaign, Thunberg decided she would visit the United States to speak with lawmakers and activists about her goals related to protecting the planet. The problem for Thunberg, however, was that flying across the Atlantic typically involves a carbon-producing flight.

She decided to sail across the pond for her trip to the U.S. in order to avoid a carbon-intensive flight.

Swedish 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg stands on the Malizia II racing yacht in New York Harbor as she nears the completion of her trans-Atlantic crossing in order to attend a United Nations summit on climate change in New York, U.S., August 28, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Swedish 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg stands on the Malizia II racing yacht in New York Harbor as she nears the completion of her trans-Atlantic crossing in order to attend a United Nations summit on climate change in New York, U.S., August 28, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Although Thunberg was lauded for the decision, it became clear that her trip to the U.S. was not as green as she had hoped. According to a report from the Associated Press, her sailing team is flying two people to the U.S. while Thunberg conducts her visit.

The sailing team, Team Malizia, only has one boat and will be flying to the U.S. to bring the boat back to Europe. A spokesperson for the team claimed that they will be donating to carbon-reducing endeavors to “compensate” for the carbon used on the flights.

The spokesperson called it “an imperfect solution” that was “better than doing nothing,” in an email to the A.P.

Many found the situation to be laughable, while others claimed the situation demonstrated the “hypocrisy” of the climate movement.

Thunberg arrived in New York on Wednesday. She plans to start her visit in the U.S. by joining protests outside the United Nations building in New York City.

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General Confusion
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Sergeant, arrest I Ching for insubordination, under Section 85/108.13 of the National Defence Act, and throw him in the brig!

Screwtape
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Genitally Confused,

So anyone not in total agreement with your mouthings are anathema?

Too bad you can’t carry on an adult discussion.

You keep parroting all these Socialist ideologies, but have yet to present a shred of proof or personal/empirical experience of the theories you promote.

YOU are literally a straw man and the Wizard won’t give you a brain.

Screwtape
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Phoenix,

The experience of your two friends is good for them, but anecdotal. They do NOT represent a national conversion.

Screwtape
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Phoenix, I don’t oppose alternative energy, just like I don’t oppose abortion. That’s a complete misread of my posts. Alternative energy is NOT the savior, green, or “renewable”. It’s alternative energy. Period. I have solar panels for thermal purposes (heating water). Useless in winter, but good during the warm months (see my comments on reliability) I’ve even considered (from an engineering and cost-effectiveness standpoint) heat pumps, but they did not pencil out, especially considering that I plan to move. What I call out is the shallow and technologically-ignorant ideology that alternative energy is the end-all, be-all ALTERNATIVES to fossil-fuel. Especially… Read more »

Phoenix
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Screwtape – i have two friends that have homes that run almost exclusively renewable energy (both staunch Republicans i might add). They have supplemental energy for back up only and have yet to switch over whenever i have asked. I guess I’m unsure why you have such extreme distaste for even the slightest encouragement pushing towards renewable energy. I don’t really like forcing people to comply, but i am certainly in favor of providing incentives to help push a long technology. I do understand your point about renewable energy by products being non recyclable – our dump is one of… Read more »

General Confusion
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Phoenix: you are giving I Ching oxygen and it is confusing him. People like him will raise all sorts of straw man arguments. You are wasting your time trying to reason with him.

Screwtape
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Phoenix, There are reasons no one can immediately transition to all-renewables (in itself a lie). From an engineering and science standpoint, “renewables” are ALL extremely non-green to make, maintain, or *gasp* recycle (itself extremely non-green). We won’t go into how they fail all efficiencies required for modern demands (which are growing), energy density, or reliability. So….if we’re talking renewables, then burning wood or other biomass is good? Or is there a 2nd-agenda here? In terms of efficiency, let’s consider reducing the need for energy, renewable or otherwise. Start mass, genocidal killings. Less energy consumption, right? We’ll ignore the idiot question… Read more »

Phoenix
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Screwtape – I don’t think I’ve seen a single plan yet that called for immediately stopping all consumption of non renewable energy.

Most just set higher standards for transitioning off non renewable in a given time frame. Even the crackpots who wrote the Green New Deal gave 10 years to make a transition (not that i consider that realistic).

No one is saying every needs to be non renewable free with how things are today.

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