Following weeks of anticipation, Swedish climate justice activist Greta Thunberg arrived on the shores of Lower Manhattan Wednesday afternoon after a 15-day voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in an emissions-free yacht.
She was welcomed on land by hundreds of supporters at the North Cove Marina. As Thunberg’s yacht sailed over the horizon and past the Statue of Liberty, youth climate activists chanted “The sea levels are rising, and so are we!” and “We are unstoppable! Another world is possible!”
The 16-year-old climate activist is kickstarting a months-long tour of the Americas. For her first action, she will be joining New York students climate-striking outside the U.N. Friday morning.
She will then take to the streets for a massive climate march in New York City on September 20, followed by two U.N. climate summits here.
In December, she will attend the COP25 climate summit in Santiago, Chile.
Democracy Now! plays highlights of Greta’s first speech and news conference upon arriving in New York City.
They also speak with her father Svante, as well as New York youth climate activists Alexandria Villaseñor and Xiye Bastida.
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