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16-year-old Swedish climate activist has crossed Atlantic

Climate activist Greta Thunberg
Climate activist Greta Thunberg talks to the media at a news conference in Plymouth, England in August.
(Associated Press)

A 16-year-old Swedish climate activist has crossed the Atlantic on a zero-emissions sailboat to attend a conference on global warming.

On Wednesday before dawn, Greta Thunberg tweeted, “Land!! The lights of Long Island and New York City ahead.”

She and a sailing crew encountered rough seas on their two-week journey to New York. They were expected to step off the boat at a marina in lower Manhattan on Wednesday afternoon.

The teenager refused to fly to avoid a plane’s gas emissions. Action against climate change has been a theme of protests she’s led in Sweden that inspired student strikes in about 100 cities worldwide.

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She is also set to speak at the United Nations Climate Action Summit next month.


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