Plymouth (AP) - The Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has survived her first night on the Atlantic.
The ocean-going yacht "Malizia" had made it to the west about 65 nautical miles to the west, as the live-tracking of the special boat showed. Within about two weeks, the racing yacht will reach New York.
Thunberg had left on Wednesday with the "Malizia" for their announced transatlantic cruise. Together with the two professional sailors Boris Herrmann and Pierre Casiraghi as well as their father Svante and a filmmaker, the 16-year-old sailed in the afternoon in Plymouth, southern England. "We are on our way," she wrote immediately after the departure on Twitter. She posted a photo of herself on board, smiling. Behind her, however, were some dark clouds to see.
The activist travels across the Atlantic to attend, among others, the UN Climate Change Summit in New York in September and the annual World Climate Change Conference in Chile in December. A number of larger climate protests, as well as meetings with people affected by the climate crisis, activists and decision-makers, are also on the agenda for the Swede in the coming weeks and months.
Thunberg's aim is to rapidly reduce global greenhouse gas emissions so that, ideally, the rise in global earth temperatures can still be limited to below 1.5 degrees Celsius. To date, the temperature has already increased by almost 1 degree compared to the pre-industrial era. The world must listen to the findings of research and act in the fight against the climate crisis, demands Thunberg.
"The window to keep the global temperature rise below 1.5 or 2 degrees Celsius closes very fast. That's why I'm taking this trip », Thunberg was quoted after the departure in a message. Sailing professional Herrmann explained: "The journey symbolizes two things: that it is not easy to replace fossil fuels and that mastering this challenge can be a great adventure." According to him, the journey will be about 3500 nautical miles - to New York is still a very long way.