Greta Thunberg says voyage to US 'energized' her climate fight

Clay Curtis
December 3, 2019

The 16-year-old was greeted by dozens of environmentalist activists who waited several hours for her to dock in Portugal's capital.

Lisbon mayor Fernando Medina was on hand to welcome her following her 20-day voyage from the United States where she attended the UN climate summit in NY in September.

"We will continue the fight there to make sure that within those walls the voices of the people are being heard", she said. "We are all looking forward to see you there!" I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean, yet you all come to us young people for hope.

"I think people are underestimating the force of angry kids". "They're angry and frustrated". They chanted: "What Do We Want?"

Thunberg, 16, has become the face of young peoples' demands for climate action and made a point of making the journey back from September's NY climate summit by sea rather than fuel-guzzling plane.

In late October, the Chilean government dropped the plan to host the meeting after violent protests against an increase in public transport fares.

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The white 48-foot (15-meter) yacht carrying Thunberg, her father Svante, an Australian family and professional sailor Nikki Henderson sailed into Lisbon amid blue skies, with a small flotilla of boats escorting it to harbor. She will spend the day holding meetings Portuguese climate activists and resting before her departure for Madrid.

Ms Thunberg has not yet decided when or how she will travel to Madrid, a spokesman said, adding that one option was an overnight train to the Spanish capital.

The climate summit will run until December 13, attended by representatives of some 200 signatory nations to the 2015 Paris accord.

The 16-year-old climate activist has spent more than 2 weeks crossing the ocean on a catamaran from NY, confirming her commitment to a low-emission lifestyle.

Thunberg missed last Friday's climate strike as heavy winds delayed her arrival to Lisbon but she is due to join thousands of activists marching in Madrid on Friday afternoon on the fringes of the COP25.

In September, Thunberg addressed the U.N. General Assembly in NY to berate world leaders, accusing them of having "stolen my dreams and my childhood".

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