Climate activist Greta Thunberg is set to embark on her second Atlantic crossing to attend an environmental summit that was relocated from Chile to Spain.
The 16-year-old travelled from Europe to the US on a high-tech racing yacht to attend the UN's Climate Action Summit in New York, and was then due to head down to Santiago for a global climate meeting in December.
However, political unrest in the South American country led to the event being relocated to Madrid, forcing Miss Thunberg to find a way back to Europe.
The teenager refuses to travel by plane because of the air travel’s carbon footprint and environmental impact.
She took to social media to appeal for a carbon-free way home and Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu, owners of a 15-metre long catamaran, offered a solution.
The vessel, named La Vagabonde, is fitted with solar panels and hydro-generators for power.
Riley Whitelum, Elayna Carausu and their 11-month-old son Lenny
The Australian couple, who have a large online following, will accompany Miss Thunberg along with expert sailor Nikki Henderson.
The trip could take two to four weeks - November is considered off-season for sailing across the Atlantic.
The group will set off from Virginia today, where the temperature has dipped to around 4C.
Swedish-born Miss Thunberg said: “I'm looking forward to it, just to be able to get away and recap everything and to just be disconnected."
The climate activist has just finished a three-month trip through North America, where she gave speeches on climate change, and took part in anti-global warming rallies.
She brushed off criticism she received from conservative US commentators and Russian president Vladimir Putin, saying “it should be the adults who take that responsibility…but it feels like the adults and the people in power today are not.”
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