Teen climate agitator Greta Thunberg is looking to hitch another low-carbon ride across the Atlantic — after protests in Chile forced a venue change for an environmental summit.
“It turns out I’ve traveled half around the world, the wrong way,” the Swedish activist tweeted Friday, after officials announced the COP25 climate summit will be held in Madrid next month, instead of in Santiago, Chile, as planned.
“Now I need to find a way to cross the Atlantic in November,” Thunberg added. “If anyone could help me find transport I would be so grateful.”
Thunberg, 16, excoriated world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in September for their inability to stop carbon emissions.
“How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,” she said.
To get to New York for the meeting, Thunberg — who shuns airplanes and gas-powered vehicles — took a two-week voyage across the Atlantic in a zero-emissions sailboat.
She has been traveling across North America — on trains and in electric cars — ever since, on a slow journey to Santiago for the planned climate meeting.
Speaking at a rally in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg shut down a heckler who tried to interrupt her speech.
“I think if you want to speak with me personally, maybe you can do it later,” Thunberg said before the crowd erupted, chanting her first name.
The 16-year-old, who has been traveling around North America to raise awareness about climate change, was imploring fellow youth leaders to speak out in the fight against global warming when she paused as someone near the stage tried to speak over her.
“It can be hard in times like these to find hope, I can tell you,” Thunberg said before the interruption. “And I can tell you I have not found much hope in politicians and corporations. It is the people who are now our greatest source of hope.
“While we young people may not be able to vote or make decisions today, we have something just as powerful,” she said. “And that is our voices. And we need to use them.”
Greta Thunberg mocks world leaders in 'blah, blah, blah' speech - BBC News
The Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg, used her speech at the Youth4Climate conference in Milan to mock the words of world leaders, including UK PM Boris Johnson.
The 18-year-old used soundbites from Mr Johnson, such as "expensive bunny hugging" and "build back better", to highlight what she called the "empty words and promises" of politicians.
Later in the speech, she urged people not to give up hope, saying that change is "not only possible, but urgently necessary".
Many countries have announced ambitious targets to reduce their emissions to tackle climate change.
The UK, for example, has pledged to cut 78% of its emissions by 2035, from a 1990 baseline. But the government's current plans are projected to deliver less than a quarter of the cuts needed to meet the goal.