Plymouth (England), Aug 14 (Canadian-Media): With a mission to pressurise politicians to put climate change at the top of their agenda, 16-year old Eco-activist Greta Thunberg, set sail today from the English coastline, on her two week journey, for New York, media reports said.
With an intention to attend the U.N. climate summits next month in New York and in Santiago, Chile, in December, she took an year off from school for travel.
Keeping in mind the priority of cutting carbon emissions, Thunberg announced last month that instead of flying to environmental conferences, she decided to sail on a yacht which does not hurt the planet.
The 60-foot (18-meter) yacht, on which Thunberg is traveling, is outfitted with solar panels and underwater turbines to generate electricity, allowing Thunberg to make a zero-carbon trans-Atlantic journey.
Thunberg is well aware of the challenges she would face such as seasicknes, but is looking forward to the adventure.
Thunberg's father, Svante, and filmmaker Nathan Grossman of B-Reel Films, will accompany her on her trans-Atlantic voyage. She is carrying with her audiobooks and has notebooks for notes.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)