Sixteen-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg will head to the Americas next month, and, keeping in line with her climate commitment not to fly, she announced Monday that she will make the voyage by fossil fuel emissions-free boat.
The roughly two-week long trip will begin mid-August and will take off from an undisclosed location in the U.K. and land in New York City. Thunberg will attend events including the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York in September and the U.N. climate summit known as COP25 in Santiago, Chile. The trip will take place while she’s on a sabbatical year from school.
Thunberg posted the development on Twitter.
The boat, the Malizia II, is “a foiling sailboat built in 2015, which is fitted with solar panels and underwater turbines to generate electricity on board the vessel,” according to a statement. It will be captained by professional sailors Boris Herrmann and Pierre Casiraghi, who is the grandson of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco.
Casiraghi, in statement, praised Thunberg’s climate activism and said his team was”proud to take Greta across the Atlantic in this challenging mode of transport.”
“I believe in bringing awareness about rising global emissions and pollution due to human activity. Convincing governments and international institutions to make the step and enforce laws that will protect mankind and biodiversity is of the utmost importance for the future of humanity. Greta is an ambassador who delivers a fundamental message both for our society and for the survival of future generations.”