Greta Thunberg leaves US with simple climate crisis message: vote

(The Guardian, 12 Nov 2019) Thunberg: ‘My message to the Americans is the same as to everyone – to unite behind the science and to act on the science’. If world leaders fail us, my generation will never forgive them.

As Greta Thunberg departs the US to sail across the Atlantic for the second time in a few months, she is leaving behind a simple message for those who care about the climate crisis: you must vote.

The 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who ignited a youth movement with her Friday school strikes has traveled across America since arriving via racing yacht in late August. She will now brave the bitter cold to get back to Madrid, after a change in venue for international climate negotiations. Her plan had been to make her way to Chile, where the talks were meant to be held before the country descended into civil unrest.

“My message to the Americans is the same as to everyone – that is to unite behind the science and to act on the science,” Thunberg told the Guardian on Tuesday.

“We must realize this is a crisis, and we must do what we can now to spread awareness about this and to put pressure on the people in power. And especially, the US has an election coming up soon, and it’s very important that for everyone who can vote, vote.”

Thunberg is heading back to Europe on a catamaran with Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu, a YouTube celebrity couple known as Sailing La Vagabonde who live on the boat with their baby. They have heating, solar panels and a water turbine. The journey from Hampton, Virginia, could take around three weeks, depending on weather. Thunberg asked for help getting to Spain on social media, and said she got only a few responses because of the time of year.

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The Guardian, 12 Nov 2019: Greta Thunberg leaves US with simple climate crisis message: vote