Greta Thunberg Is Crossing the Atlantic by Sailboat

16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.
16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Photo: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

At just 16 years old, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has already accomplished more than most will in an entire lifetime. She’s sparked a worldwide youth-led environmental-justice movement. She’s delivered urgent speeches about climate catastrophe before the European Parliament and at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos. And, by the end of August, she’ll be able to say that she has crossed the Atlantic Ocean by high-speed sailboat.

According to the New York Times, Thunberg had been looking for a way to travel from Europe to the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York City, which at first proved to be difficult due to her moral convictions. Since 2015, Thunberg has refused to travel on airplanes due to their high emission of greenhouse gas, so her options for international travel have been limited. On Monday morning, though, Thunberg took to Twitter to announce that she had finally figured out how to attend the summit and other international climate events in September: She’ll sail there.

“I’ve been offered a ride on the 60ft racing boat Malizia II,” she tweeted. “We’ll be sailing across the Atlantic Ocean from the UK to NYC in mid August.”

The more you know about the trip, which is expected to take approximately two weeks, the cooler — and more impressive — it gets. Predictably, the boat is emission-free, as it features solar panels and underwater turbines. Furthermore, Thunberg will be making the journey alongside just her dad, a filmmaker, and the head of the Malizia II racing team, who happens to be the grandson of Prince Rainier III of Monaco and the American actress Grace Kelly.

Clearly, the kids are more than alright.

Greta Thunberg Is Coming to Speak at the U.N. — by Sailboat