Greta Thunberg Arrives in New York City

Greta Thunberg was welcomed to the U.S. like a rockstar on Wednesday, with a crowd cheering as she sailed into Manhattan on a solar-powered yacht. Find out what her fans had to say about the teenage climate activist.

This was no pleasure cruise

Hundreds of kids and adults showed up in lower Manhattan to witness the arrival of Swedish Greta Thunberg. The 16-year-old climate activist sailed across the Atlantic Ocean on a zero emissions yacht to attend the September 2019 United Nations Climate Action Summit. 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. 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.

The boat carrying Thunberg, the Malizia II, encountered rough seas that slowed it down for a day. Taking turns steering the 60-foot racing yacht were two skippers Boris Herrmann and Pierre Casiraghi, the grandson of Monaco’s late Prince Rainier III and American actress Grace Kelly. This was no pleasure cruise. The Malizia is built for high-speed, offshore racing, and weight is kept to a minimum. There is no toilet — just a bucket — or fixed shower aboard, no windows below deck and only a small gas cooker to heat up freeze-dried food.

Speaking to reporters after she landed, Thunberg said the trip wasn’t as uncomfortable as she expected. She didn’t get seasick once, she said. But she stressed that “this is not something I want everyone to do.” Thunberg has become a symbol of a growing movement of young climate activists, leading weekly school strikes in Sweden that inspired similar actions in about 100 cities. She’s in New York to speak at the United Nations Climate Action Summit next month. There, she’ll join world leaders who will present plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


08/29/2019 6:37 PMupdated: 08/29/2019 6:43 PM
  • 153.2k
  • 57


  • Brut
    08/29/2019 18:35

    They're striking to save the climate and fighting for justice. These five young women activists are changing the world.

  • Kieran F.
    08/29/2019 18:35

    What a pain in the hole!

  • André R.
    08/29/2019 18:37

    Well done, Greta!

  • Car M.
    08/29/2019 18:39

    Wonderful work Greta!

  • Aiden W.
    08/29/2019 18:52

    Your use of the English language is something to behold.

  • Don F.
    08/29/2019 18:58

    But even though Thunberg and her crew sailed across the Atlantic using the yacht, it still has to get back. For that, the sailing team for the yacht, known as the “Malizia II” will be flown across the Atlantic to retrieve the vessel.

  • Sandra T.
    08/29/2019 18:59

    Having in mind her tight agenda, just wondered... is she going to school still? ;) ;)

  • Med M.
    08/29/2019 19:07

    A generation who cares about Earth is better than a generation who destroy it, right?

  • Jose L.
    08/29/2019 19:33

    Greta is brilliant in her directness. Love her.

  • Leah M.
    08/29/2019 19:34


  • Shamsa B.
    08/29/2019 19:37

    This girl has no interest in fame and materialism like most people think. Sweden is a post industrialized nation. She truly cares and is concerned that’s why she is doing this. The younger generation is concerned including my nephew and niece. They fear not enjoying birds, wildlife, not being able to swim in lakes as it is contaminated. And some adults over here busy criticizing these kids

  • David F.
    08/29/2019 22:13


  • James D.
    08/29/2019 23:16

    How she getting home ? 🚂🚢✈?!

  • Kaya S.
    08/30/2019 00:41

    Absolutely love this girl ❤️

  • Dave F.
    08/30/2019 01:04

    How is she getting home ?

  • Rachana S.
    08/30/2019 01:28

    This girl is such a breath of fresh air, in this chaotic world. So. Very. Determined. 💖🙏

  • Choulak M.
    08/30/2019 01:30

    Oh my God how stupid people can be school strikes??????

  • Peter R.
    08/30/2019 01:42

    Please come to Canada. Our Prime minister needs to be set on the right course.

  • Prue A.
    08/30/2019 04:36

    Great stuff and what a great inspirational role model for my kids 💪💪

  • Nancy W.
    08/30/2019 04:56

    So refreshing hearing someone talk who's I.Q. is higher than her shoe size. And who isn't owned by big money.