Greta Thunberg sets sail for Europe after climate talks relocated

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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has set sail across the Atlantic for the second time in a few months on a boat whose passengers include an 11-month-old baby.

Greta travelled from Europe to the United States across the ocean for the UN’s Climate Action Summit in New York and was due to attend a global climate meeting in Santiago, Chile, in December.

But Chile cancelled at short notice and the meeting moved to Spain, forcing the 16-year-old to look for a way to head back to Europe.

She left from Hampton, Virginia, on La Vagabonde, a 15-metre long catamaran whose green credentials include solar panels and hydro-generators for power.

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It also has a toilet, unlike the boat on which she sailed from the United Kingdom to New York in August.

“There are countless people around the world who don’t have access to a toilet,” she said about the upgrade. “It’s not that important. But it’s nice to have.”

The owners of the boat are Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu, an Australian couple who have an 11-month-old son named Lenny.

The family, which has a large online following, responded to Greta’s call on social media for a carbon-free ride to Europe while an expert sailor, Nikki Henderson, is also coming along.

The trip could take two to four weeks, and November is considered off-season for sailing across the Atlantic.

As Greta spoke on Tuesday in Hampton, Virginia, the temperature had dipped to around 4C as sleet turned into light snow.

But the Swede, who refuses to fly because of the carbon price of plane travel, did not seem bothered.

“I’m looking forward to it, just to be able to get away and recap everything and to just be disconnected,” she said.

Greta just finished a nearly three-month trip through North America, where she gave an impassioned speech before the United Nations and took part in climate strike rallies and protests from California to Colorado to North Carolina.

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