Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg is due to set sail across the Atlantic for the second time in a few months on Wednesday.
Ms Thunberg travelled from Europe to the United States across the ocean for the UN’s Climate Action Summit in New York and was due to attend a global climate meeting in Santiago, Chile, in December.
But Chile cancelled at short notice and the meeting moved to Spain, forcing the 16-year-old to look for a way to head back to Europe.
She will leave on La Vagabonde, a 15-metre long catamaran whose green credentials include solar panels and hydro-generators for power.
So happy to say I'll hopefully make it to COP25 in Madrid.
We sail for Europe tomorrow morning! pic.twitter.com/qJcgREe332— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) November 12, 2019
It also has a toilet, unlike the boat on which she sailed from the United Kingdom to New York in August.
“There are countless people around the world who don’t have access to a toilet,” she said about the upgrade. “It’s not that important. But it’s nice to have.”
The owners of the boat are Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu, an Australian couple who have an 11-month-old son named Lenny.
The family, which has a large online following, responded to Ms Thunberg’s call on social media for a carbon-free ride to Europe while an expert sailor, Nikki Henderson, is also coming along.
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Well the next adventure awaits! Tomorrow our motley crew of @gretathunberg @elayna.carausu @riley.whitelum and @lenny.lavagabonde set sail for Europe from the East Coast. Wish us windy and positive vibes and fingers crossed we make it in time to deliver @gretathunberg safely to #cop25 ... You will be able to track our progress online- I’ll post a link to the tracker as soon as it’s up. #togetherwecan #nevertoosmalltomakeadifference #climatechange
The trip could take two to four weeks, and November is considered off-season for sailing across the Atlantic.
As Ms Thunberg spoke on Tuesday in Hampton, Virginia, the temperature had dipped to around 4C as sleet turned into light snow.
But the Swede, who refuses to fly because of the carbon price of plane travel, did not seem bothered.
“I’m looking forward to it, just to be able to get away and recap everything and to just be disconnected,” she said.
Ms Thunberg just finished a nearly three-month trip through North America, where she gave an impassioned speech before the United Nations and took part in climate strike rallies and protests from California to Colorado to North Carolina.
She has become a symbol of a growing movement of young climate activists after leading weekly school strikes in Sweden that inspired similar actions in about 100 cities worldwide.
She has also drawn criticism from conservative commentators in the US as well as Russian President Vladimir Putin.
But she brushed off the criticism during her round of back-to-back interviews in the catamaran on Tuesday.
“It should be the adults who take that responsibility,” she said. “But it feels like the adults and the people in power today are not.”
When she looks back on her time in the US and Canada, Ms Thunberg said the things that stick out the most include a glacier in Canada’s Jasper National Park that is destined to disappear “no matter what we do”.
She also was surprised at how much she was recognised.
“There are always people who come up to me and ask for selfies and so on,” she said. “So, that really gives you an idea of how big the climate movement has reached.”