Greta Thunberg sets sail for New York


The Malizia II caught the wind mid-afternoon local time on Wednesday and the sleek sailboat sped away from Plymouth on its two-week journey.

The 16-year-old activist is hitching a ride on the high-tech yacht to attend the UN climate summits next month in New York and in Santiago, Chile, in December.

She has decided to take a year off from school to travel.

The 18-metre yacht is outfitted with solar panels and underwater turbines to generate electricity, allowing Thunberg to make a zero-carbon trans-Atlantic journey.

Thunberg says there will be challenges ahead, such as seasickness, but that she is looking forward to the adventure.