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Greta Thunberg arrives in Lisbon after crossing Atlantic by boat to reach climate summit

Tuesday, 3 December, 2019 - 20:59

Climate change activist Greta Thunberg arrived in Lisbon on Tuesday after crossing the Atlantic in a catamaran en route to Madrid to attend the COP25 climate summit. The 16-year-old Swede, who does not fly because of its environmental impact it has on the planet, arrived in Lisbon on the La Vagabonde catamaran after a 21-day trip from Salt Ponds, in the US state of Virginia.

Thunberg held a Skolstrejk för Klimatet (school strike for the climate) sign, as she disembarked on the pier where she was welcomed by local activists and well-wishers.

Upon arrival in Lisbon, she told a press conference that she will stay a few days in the city, although initially the Portuguese media had been informed that she would be leaving tonight on a train for Madrid. At the moment it is unknown when exactly she will leave for Spain, although it has been confirmed that she will participate in a demonstration in Madrid on Friday. 

“People are underestimating the force of angry kids,” Thunberg said at the press conference. 

“They’re angry and frustrated.”

“If they want us to stop being angry, stop giving us reason to be,” she said.

Replying to journalists who asked her about attendees who travelled to the summit by plane, she said that her trip “is a message” to show that, “it is impossible to live sustainably today and that has to change. I don’t tell anyone else how to travel.” 

“Everyone has to do what they can to be on the right side of history,” she said.

We will go to COP25 in Madrid and we will continue the fight there to make sure that within those walls, the voices of the people are being heard,” she added.

Delegates at the talks aim to finalise  the groundwork to support the Paris pact to curb the rise in global temperatures, which enters a crucial implementation phase in 2020. Last year, greenhouse gas emissions hit a record high.

 


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