• SENSEX
    NIFTY 50
Unwind

Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg sails across Atlantic to go to climate meeting

Updated : 2019-08-29 11:30:25

Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg arrived in New York City to chants and cheers Wednesday after a trans-Atlantic trip on a sailboat to attend a global warming conference. Thunberg, 16, and her crew were escorted into a lower Manhattan marina at about 4 p.m., concluding a two-week crossing from Plymouth, England. Hundreds of activists gathered on a Hudson River promenade to cheer her arrival. Thunberg waved, was lifted onto a dock, then took her first wobbly steps on dry land. "All of this is very overwhelming," she said of the reception, looking slightly embarrassed. The teenager refused to fly because of the carbon cost of plane travel. A 2018 study said that because of cloud and ozone formation, air travel may trap two to four times more heat than that caused by just emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, sails into New York harbor aboard the Malizia II, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. The zero-emissions yacht left Plymouth, England on Aug. 14. She is scheduled to address the United Nations Climate Action Summit on Sept. 23. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, sails into New York harbor aboard the Malizia II, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. The zero-emissions yacht left Plymouth, England on Aug. 14. She is scheduled to address the United Nations Climate Action Summit on Sept. 23. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Greta Thunberg, center waves after sailing in New York harbor aboard the Malizia II, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Greta Thunberg, center waves after sailing in New York harbor aboard the Malizia II, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Greta Thunberg waves after sailing in New York harbor aboard the Malizia II, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Greta Thunberg waves after sailing in New York harbor aboard the Malizia II, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Greta Thunberg waves after sailing in New York harbor aboard the Malizia II, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Greta Thunberg waves after sailing in New York harbor aboard the Malizia II, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Escorted by a couple of Zodiacs, the Malizia II climate makes its way to the shores of New York City with teenaged climate activist Greta Thunberg aboard to the conclude Thunberg's trans-Atlantic voyage, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)
Escorted by a couple of Zodiacs, the Malizia II climate makes its way to the shores of New York City with teenaged climate activist Greta Thunberg aboard to the conclude Thunberg's trans-Atlantic voyage, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)
Greta Thunberg, center left is helped from the Malizia II as she arrives in New York, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Greta Thunberg, center left is helped from the Malizia II as she arrives in New York, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
The Statue of Liberty is seen in the background as Greta Thunberg sails into New York harbor aboard the Malizia II, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
The Statue of Liberty is seen in the background as Greta Thunberg sails into New York harbor aboard the Malizia II, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Greta Thunberg sails into New York harbor aboard the Malizia II, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Greta Thunberg sails into New York harbor aboard the Malizia II, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
The Malizia II passes the Statue of Liberty with Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg aboard, is escorted by a flotilla into New York Harbor at the conclusion of Thunberg's trans-Atlantic voyage, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
The Malizia II passes the Statue of Liberty with Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg aboard, is escorted by a flotilla into New York Harbor at the conclusion of Thunberg's trans-Atlantic voyage, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
The Malizia II is surrounded by ferry boats and pleasure craft as it passes the Statue of Liberty with Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg aboard at the conclusion of Thunberg's trans-Atlantic voyage, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
The Malizia II is surrounded by ferry boats and pleasure craft as it passes the Statue of Liberty with Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg aboard at the conclusion of Thunberg's trans-Atlantic voyage, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Greta Thunberg greets supporters as she arrives in New York, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. She is scheduled to address the United Nations Climate Action Summit on Sept. 23. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Greta Thunberg greets supporters as she arrives in New York, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. She is scheduled to address the United Nations Climate Action Summit on Sept. 23. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Boris Herrmann, left, the captain of the zero-emissions yacht, the Malizia II, presents Greta Thunberg, with a flag with an image of the earth after they arrived in New York, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Boris Herrmann, left, the captain of the zero-emissions yacht, the Malizia II, presents Greta Thunberg, with a flag with an image of the earth after they arrived in New York, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Greta Thunberg speaks in front of a crowd of people after sailing in New York harbor aboard the Malizia II, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Greta Thunberg speaks in front of a crowd of people after sailing in New York harbor aboard the Malizia II, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg arrives in New York, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg arrives in New York, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Live TV

Ask Our Experts CNBC TV18