New York, NY – August 28, 2019: 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg arrives into New York City after crossing the Atlantic in a sailboat and attend press conference at North Cove Marina. Photo: Lev Radin
Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, sailed into New York Harbor today (28 Aug), flanked by a fleet of 17 sailboats representing each of the Sustainable Development Goals on their sails. Thunberg is arriving to participate in the Youth Climate Summit and the Climate Action Summit at the United Nations Headquarters next month.
The flotilla met Thunberg at the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and accompanied her to North Cove Harbor in Manhattan to show appreciation and solidarity for her mission to mobilize support for action to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 13, “Climate Action,” as well as the other 16 goals for a better world by 2030, unanimously adopted by world leaders at the United Nations in 2015.
The Sustainable Development Goals are a call to action for governments, business and civil society to work together to build a better future for everyone – to end poverty, fight inequality and tackle the climate crisis.
Speaking to the press after her arrival at New York City, Greta said “the climate and ecological crisis is a global crisis and the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced and if we don’t manage to work together to cooperate and to work together despite our differences then we will fail. So we need to stand together and support each other and to take action because otherwise it might be too late. Let’s not wait any longer, let’s do it now.”
This September, world leaders will gather for a series of United Nations summits and high-level meetings to boost action on climate change and accelerate progress on sustainable development, aimed at securing healthy, peaceful and prosperous lives for all and kickstarting a decade of ambitious action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The week will begin with the Youth Climate Summit on 21 September, followed by the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit on 23 September.
Greta also told reporters, “This United Nations Climate Action Summit in September now and the COP25, these two have to be a tipping point and I think… I hope it will be because it must. And I and many people with me are going to try to do everything we can to make sure that the world leaders have all eyes on them during these conferences so they cannot continue to ignore this.”
To join the UN climate summits and minimize her own carbon footprint, Thunberg embarked on a trans-Atlantic voyage on 14 August from Plymouth, England to New York City on a solar-powered, zero-emission racing boat, the Malizia II, promoting action to address the climate emergency and support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The SDG flotilla was organized through the SDG Strategy Hub of the UN Office for Partnerships. It was led by Captain Nitzan Levy of Sailors NYC and Deputy Captain Barbara Marcoz, a United Nations employee and member of North Cove Sailing Club, and made possible by support from the Permanent Mission of Monaco to the United Nations, Project Everyone, the ClimateWorks Foundation, Laura Seydel, TBWA, and the United Nations Foundation. The 17 vessels of the flotilla were provided by local New York City sailing clubs including North Cove Sailing, Hudson River Community Sailing, Sailors NYC and New City Kids. Additional support was generously provided by the United States Coast Guard.
Source: EuropaNewswire, UNTV