Greta Thunberg Arrives in Lisbon, En Route to Madrid for COP25

Elias Hubbard
December 3, 2019

Climate activist Greta Thunberg has arrived in Lisbon, Portugal after sailing for 20 days across the Atlantic.

The journey was meant to save approximately two or three tons of carbon dioxide emissions but the skipper's flight out has produced the same emissions the journey hoped to save countering Ms Thunberg's mission, The Times reports.

The Swedish teen arrived Tuesday in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon on her way to the U.N. Climate Change Conference taking place in Madrid.

She wants senior officials gathered in Madrid to "finally understand the urgency" of climate change and cooperate internationally.

She says she travelled by catamaran instead of plane to "send a message it is possible" to live a sustainable lifestyle.

Members of the worldwide group Extinction Rebellion held up a banner in Russian that read: "Climate Crisis". I have been on quite an adventure, of course I, as well as the other climate activists, we will not stop, we will continue to do whatever we can, continue to travel around, and to put pressure on people in power and to make sure that they prioritise this the highest.

Thunberg herself has not responded to the new rumors, although it is probably fair to assume that she has many things on her plate, and probably does not feel too excited to participate in meaningless discussions.

Thunberg was due to be met in Lisbon by local dignitaries and other activists.

Thunberg, British navigator Nikki Henderson and the Australian family who own the vessel set sail back to Europe on the 14-metre (45-foot) La Vagabonde catamaran on November 13 from Hampton, Virginia on a voyage of more than 5,500 kilometres (3,400 miles).

Meanwhile, a report by the United Nations weather agency released on the sidelines of the climate talks found that the current decade is likely to set a new ten-year temperature record.

While full-year figures are not released until March, 2019 is also expected to be the second or third warmest year since measurements began, with 2016 still holding the record, it said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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