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How Greta Thunberg plans to cross the Atlantic carbon-free | DW News

December 4, 2019

This is the boat where climate activist Greta
Thunberg will be cooped up for at least two weeks.
On Tuesday she went to familiarize herself with the vessel.
Her dilemma had been how to get to New York without increasing her carbon foot print.
This yacht , she hopes, is the answer. Last week she admitted the journey would not be
easy. “Yeah, I have not sailed before, but I am
going to go there now to try to sort of get basic lessons in what to do and what not to
do. . Before setting sail skipper Boris Hermann
briefed Thunberg and her father – who will accompany her – on possible problems- including
the weather. “This trip will be massively challenging for
Greta and for all of us and I hope we will be able to find a route through the weather
that is not too rough. So, we can make our route a bit longer to sail around strong winds.
That’s not always possible. So, we have discussed this, she’s trying to mentally prepare for
that .” The weather will not be the only challenge.
The 80 ft yacht is designed for speed rather than luxury so the amenities
such as the sleeping quarters – are basic at best. And there is no toilet or shower.But
the vessel is fitted with solar panels .. and the electricity on board is produced by underwater
turbines. This means Thunberg is likely to achieve her goal of making the long journey
across the Atlantic with zero carbon emmissions.

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  • Reply Riverflyswatter S August 14, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Zero carbon emissions hahaha. Where did all the hi tech equipment come from.?
    People sail across the ocean all the time without emissions.
    What a joke

  • Reply first Impression August 14, 2019 at 10:10 am

    If the she goes to NYC by air will she lose the moral ground to fight against climate change ? Of course not. People on the right will acuse her of being hypocritic ? They will do it even if she sails there. They don´t even accept climate change is real.

  • Reply Resonant consciousness August 14, 2019 at 10:11 am

    Like a hundred years ago…. But with under water turbines making it even less efficient. I wonder how much pollution was caused in the manufacturing of that boat? Well done to the privaliged kid though.

  • Reply amargamentedoce August 14, 2019 at 10:15 am

    So the Portuguese 500 years ago was what?

  • Reply king oli August 14, 2019 at 10:18 am

    I just love how she triggers people

  • Reply Alex Schwarz August 14, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Creepy cyborg

  • Reply George Zee August 14, 2019 at 11:03 am

    Stay in school KID. Enjoy being a KID!.

    One day you will wrestle to understand life, suffering, love, sadness, philosophy, theology and the greatest mystery of adulthood. Including why your parents used you for moral and political propaganda.

  • Reply Kindle Fire August 14, 2019 at 11:28 am

    School dropout!

  • Reply Mark Hansen August 14, 2019 at 11:32 am

    That is this vessel called the LOONISY? First class ticket 10k usd, travel by Loonisy 1 million. Monetary means both physical labor and use of materials that which are made of plastic and by burning fossil fuels. Soooooo this is a one time use for this craft??? Loonisy. Look, I love to sail, I love the learning it provides, the long hours of quiet, that allows you to think. Don't connect to any satellites out their on the open water, can't imagine how much fossil fuel was burned to put them up their. A phycologists would be cheaper then this craft and a far better alternative.

  • Reply Rabbi Duck August 14, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Go "Kon-Tiki" Greta – give us a break!😆

  • Reply jcrc65 August 14, 2019 at 11:48 am

    I want one of those racing sailboats made out of CARBON FREE materials…even the electronics are carbon free. Can someone tell Greta the carbon footprint of the world armed forces…if she mentions that, we will never hear of her again in the MSM.

  • Reply Essian Mavex August 14, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    Is she the new poster child of the elitists?

  • Reply IgWannA2 August 14, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    Someone should explain the meaning of "embodied carbon" to this girl. Fossil fuel combustion is but a small part of the whole picture.

  • Reply Lunali Siria August 14, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Thank you Greta for your work. You're intelligent and would never waste any time on the haters. They just can't handle a 16-year-old girl who tries to make the world a better place. Good luck on your journey! We are many who listen to the scientists, and to you.

  • Reply Sailing Channel Marinus August 14, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    the hull of her boat is composed out of resin , made out of fosil (crude) fuels.

  • Reply Porkchop Periwinkle August 14, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Ah, a luxurious cruise across the ocean. Wonder where all the poop goes?

  • Reply jan Pantaleon August 14, 2019 at 3:17 pm


  • Reply Dominique Dejon Craig August 14, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    This little girl is putting her life at risk.

  • Reply S E August 14, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    All you climate change deniers, grow the fuck up. And get a job while your at it

  • Reply Histopher Citchens August 14, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    I really don't get this stunt, when carbon-free sea travel technology has been around for centuries… I just hope they're also prepared to pick up the multi-million dollar tab for any rescue.

  • Reply DanielBrklyn August 15, 2019 at 1:26 am

    Most of us can hold two contradictory positions at once. The wish to stop climate change while at the same time travel to a climate conference powered by fossil fuels. Even taking this sailboat a lot of fossil fuel was used in terms of embodied carbon. The lesson here is we shouldn't have to hold each other or ourselves to a high level of purity and never be contradictory, because that is impossible.

  • Reply HYUKLDER1 August 15, 2019 at 6:19 am

    The communist UN's expert on 'climate change' is 16 year old Greta who has no recognised meteorological qualifications and is apparently diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome!
    Don't be taken in by a Marxist plot against western society.

  • Reply Patricia Dileonardo August 15, 2019 at 10:08 am

    This young lady is noble having a beautiful dream to improve our world. However, who is allowing an underage, inexperienced young lady to put her life in harm´s way on the ocean with only a brief sailing lesson? Do the adults have a backup plan in case of emergencies? When the replica of the historic sailing ship ¨Jamestown¨ sailed from Virginia to England and back to America there was at least a Doctor we knew from our hospital aboard to assist the crew.

  • Reply Marty McFLY 1985 August 15, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Ok so its a modern day racing yacht made from Yes CARBON FIBRE anyone see a slight floor in her plan

  • Reply Kristoffer Hellström August 17, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    To think that such a young person can change the world is really inspiring. You go Greta!

  • Reply bruce wightman August 21, 2019 at 7:03 pm


  • Reply comiskey2005 August 22, 2019 at 5:22 am

    Are they flying home on a carbon-neutral jet?

  • Reply B27 G August 22, 2019 at 6:35 am

    Are we sure we gave her all of the vaccine’s ?
    Does she have sea sick pills ?
    Can we give her a voice and a wheelchair like Stephen Hawking

  • Reply B27 G August 22, 2019 at 6:37 am

    Add a English accent narrator so Americans think it’s legit.
    Perfect because we take the English so serious.
    Stuck in the 1200s worshiping kings and queens.

  • Reply mikeinbc August 22, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    Greta Thunberg is a puppet of the far left elitist Marxists. It's sickening how these ideologues take advantage of a young woman to push their sick dogma. Vomit inducing.

  • Reply Tracy Dee August 24, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Good gravy….this is as transparent as a wispy clouds floating above this yacht. What an adventure!!!

  • Reply Grow For Less August 28, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    @0:26 Why is there an isis behind her?

  • Reply R MCK August 29, 2019 at 1:36 am


  • Reply doomyman August 29, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    how about all the embodied carbon used to manufacturing the boat?

  • Reply CAP RICOSM September 9, 2019 at 2:20 am

    There are no changing weather patterns nor higher temperatures. What has changed is the way weather is reported. Due to the internet in the 1990s and television since 1960s there is immediate global reporting in main stream media of any weather event , particularly unusual ones such as blizzards, cyclones, flash floods and droughts. Which before 1960 , people rarely heard of on radio or newspapers. As a result this gives the impression of catastrophic changing weather patterns which since 1975 were blamed on Global Warming . Since 2005, instant reporting of every unusual weather event around the world , gives the appearance that CLIMATE is CHANGING. But in reality the only thing which has changed is the technology of news reporting.

  • Reply pikoche September 9, 2019 at 3:13 pm


  • Reply joe blow September 23, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    well that's practical

  • Reply Tapajara September 24, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    This girl caused pollution and the burning of a lot of green house gasses in the making of her yacht.

  • Reply OC Pussyfoot September 24, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    How about she go get her teeth repaired instead!

  • Reply Bogda September 24, 2019 at 6:36 pm


  • Reply Jennifer Christensen September 30, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    There is no mention of the air support she needed for this trip. Why not.

  • Reply Tripptank October 16, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    How did the crew get back? and how much fuel did they use? Its rhetorical.

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