Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Greta Thunberg Coming to the New World

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Environmental & Science Education
Climate Change
Edward Hessler

The UN Climate Action Summit (September, New York City) and COP 25 (December, Santiago, Chile) are upcoming.

Swedish youth activist Greta Thunberg is attending both. You know that she refuses to fly because of the impact on the planet so how is she managing to do this?

As she says, "Good news." She is traveling by boat--a ~ 60-foot (18.28 meters) yacht, the Malizia 2. According to this report in Huff Post by Mark Visser, "the boat is fitted with solar panels and underwater turbines that produce its own electricity. The journey will take about two weeks, and she'll be joined by her father, a filmmaker and the boat's crew." The Thunberg's leave in mid-August.

Transportation from NYC to Santiago is likely to be a mix of trains and buses. 

Visser's essay includes a few photographs, more details about the yacht, a video about her and a video on embracing plane-free travel.

Image result for malizia boatAnd from the Malizia website above, a must visit--many photographs and information about this boat: Malizia symbolises the Grimaldi family’s deep attachment to the sea in this tribute to Francesco Grimaldi, a Genovese who arrived by sea in 1297 and founded the Grimaldi family dynasty. He was nicknamed La Malizia in the Monegasque language, meaning “the wily one”. For the Monegasque skipper the name has a special meaning: “Given what Malizia represents for us in the Principality of Monaco, I’ve always wanted to give this name to a race boat.”

Bon voyage!

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