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Greta Thunberg to sail across Atlantic for U.S. and Chile climate summits

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg looks on during a meeting in the garden of the Hotel de Lassay ahead of a visit of the French National Assembly.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Photo: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg tweeted Monday that she can attend United Nations climate summits in the U.S. and Chile — after accepting a ride across the Atlantic in a high-speed racing yacht from the U.K.

The big picture: The 16-year-old previously told AP that she wanted to attend the summits in New York in September and Santiago in December, but she was struggling to figure out an environmentally friendly method of travel, as both planes and cruise ships have high emissions.

  • Thunberg intends to travel by train and bus to the annual UN climate conference in Chile with stops in countries including Canada and Mexic, per the Guardian. The BBC reports that Thunberg plans to stay in the Americas for 9 months and it's not known how she will return to Europe.