Greta Thunberg in N.Y.

The Swedish 16-year-old sailed across the Atlantic on an emissions-free yacht to speak at the U.N. Climate Action Summit this month

Greta began protesting outside the Swedish parliament in 2018. With her signature double braids and stern demeanor, she inspired a movement called Fridays for Future, in which thousands of children have walked out of school in locally and sometimes globally coordinated strikes.

She does not fly because of airplanes’ high emissions of gases. To reach New York for the United Nations speech, on Sept. 23, she was offered a ride on the Malizia II, a racing yacht that uses solar panels and underwater generator turbines to avoid producing carbon emissions, according to a statement from Greta’s team.

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