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Madrid, Europe, Dec 3 (Canadian-Media): After spending three weeks crossing the Atlantic in a catamaran, Climate activist Greta Thunberg arrived Tuesday in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon en route to the UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid, media reports said.
Greta Thunberg. Image credit: Facebook page
Thunberg was welcomed by dozens of cheering reporters and activists under bright sunshine on a Lisbon quayside and told them that that the voyage had energized her for the fight for climate change.
She said that besides continuing to press political leaders to make climate change their top priority, she wanted senior officials in Madrid to co-operate internationally in understanding the urgency of climate change and.
Thunberg says: "People are underestimating the force of angry kids."
She said she travelled by catamaran instead of plane to send a message it is possible to live a sustainable lifestyle.
On the second day of the climate conference Tuesday morning, traffic in Central Madrid was cut off by about 20 activists to stage a brief theatrical performance to protest climate change.
A banner in Russian that read: "Climate Crisis. To speak the truth. To take action immediately"
was held by the members of the international group Extinction Rebellion.
Some activists jumped into a nearby fountain chanting that they wanted climate justice, while others dressed in red robes danced briefly before police moved in to end the protest.