Greta Thunberg and Pierre Casiraghi to sail to climate summits

Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has accepted a ride on board the Monaco-sponsored high-speed racing yacht Maliza II, alongside Pierre Casiraghi, to attend UN climate summits in the US and Chile.

Greta Thunberg. Photo: Greta Thunberg Facebook page

The campaigner had wanted to attend the Un Climate Action Summit in New York on 23rd September, but was struggling to find a way to travel without taking a plane or going on a cruise ship, both of which have similarly high emissions.

On Tuesday, Thunberg tweeted: “Good news! I’ll be joining the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, COP25 in Santiago … I’ve been offered a ride on the 60ft racing boat Malizia II. We’ll be sailing across the Atlantic Ocean from the UK to NYC in mid August.”

Owned by a German property developer, Gerhard Senft, based in Brittany and sponsored by the Yacht Club of Monaco, the 18-metre yacht is a high-speed planing monohull built for the 2016-17 single-handed, non-stop round-the-world Vendée Globe race. It generates electricity through solar panels and underwater turbines. The club said on its Facebook page it was “honoured to be able to sail Greta Thunberg emission-free over the Atlantic”.

Thunberg and her father will make the crossing with captain Boris Herrmann, Monaco royal family member Pierre Casiraghi and a Swedish documentary maker, Nathan Grossman. The journey is expected to take about two weeks.

A spokeswoman for Team Malizia told the BBC they approached Thunberg to offer to take her, and had no previous plan to sail the yacht across the Atlantic.