Greta Thunberg arrives in Europe by sailpower for climate conference

Greta Thunberg arrives in Europe by sailpower for climate conference

Climate activist Greta Thunberg has arrived by yacht in the port of Lisbon after a three-week voyage across the Atlantic Ocean from the US.

The Swedish teenager arrived in the port of the Portuguese capital on Tuesday, before heading to neighbouring Spain to attend the UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid.

She was met in Lisbon by local dignitaries and other activists.

Greta hitched a renewable-energy ride from the US, joining an Australian family on their 48ft catamaran.

She wanted a low-carbon form of transport to get to the climate meeting, which was switched at short notice to Spain from Chile due to unrest there.

The yacht, named La Vagabonde, leaves little or no carbon footprint when its sails are up, using solar panels and hydro-generators for electricity.

More on this topic

Joyce Fegan: Trump’s Greta jibe calculated to distract all of usJoyce Fegan: Trump’s Greta jibe calculated to distract all of us

UN climate talks head for overtime with key issues unresolvedUN climate talks head for overtime with key issues unresolved

Jonathan Saul: Waves of new rules a worry for shippingJonathan Saul: Waves of new rules a worry for shipping

Observers allowed back into UN climate talks after protestObservers allowed back into UN climate talks after protest

More in this Section

UK Election 19: Johnson declares Tories have ‘smashed roadblock’ over Brexit with election winUK Election 19: Johnson declares Tories have ‘smashed roadblock’ over Brexit with election win

Corbyn signals he will stand down as Labour leader in early 2020Corbyn signals he will stand down as Labour leader in early 2020

Boris Johnson confirmed as PM after audience with the QueenBoris Johnson confirmed as PM after audience with the Queen

EU leaders debate Brexit as UK election indicates a way outEU leaders debate Brexit as UK election indicates a way out


Lifestyle

Jazz in Europe these days exists in a highly networked environment of cultural and political bodies, festivals, promoters, musicians and educators.Jazz Connective Festival: Intriguing, exciting and uncompromising

It will be bittersweet for Stormzy that his second album arrives the day the British Labour party was confirmed as suffering a historic general election trouncing.Album review: Stormzy remains a work in progress

Unique drawings by Quentin Blake, one of Britain’s best-loved illustrators, are available at a Christie’s online auction which runs until December 17.Your chance to buy drawings by Roald Dahl illustrator Quentin Blake

Ciara McDonnell talks to four high-profile people about their festive traditions and favourite tracksHere's what has these famous faces rockin’ around the Christmas tree

More From The Irish Examiner