Swedish activist ‘strikes’ for climate on US-bound yacht

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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg poses for a photograph during an inteview with AFP onboard the Malizia II sailing yacht at the Mayflower Marina in Plymouth, southwest England, on August 13, 2019 ahead of her journey across the Atlantic to New York where she will attend the UN Climate Action Summit next month. - A year after her school strike made her a figurehead for climate activists, Greta Thunberg believes her uncompromising message about global warming is getting through -- even if action remains thin on the ground. The 16-year-old Swede, who sets sail for New York this week to take her message to the United States, has been a target for abuse but sees that as proof she is having an effect. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Swedish teen climate activist, Greta Thunberg, has displayed her iconic hand-painted sign declaring a school strike while onboard a racing yacht ferrying her to New York.

Thunberg’s post on social media shows her displaying her sign against the backdrop of a big wave and the position of the yacht and the entry “School strike week 52.”

She began her strike outside the Swedish parliament on Aug. 20, 2018.

Her activism inspired other young people across Europe and beyond to demand action on climate change under the “Fridays For Future” slogan.

The 16-year-old refuses to fly, citing the CO2 emissions caused by aviation, and is travelling on the Malizia, a racing yacht captained by German sailor, Boris Herrmann and Pierre Casiraghi of Monaco.

In the U.S., Thunberg plans to attend the UN Climate Action Summit in New York on Sept. 23 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, as well as climate protests planned for Sept. 20 and Sept. 27.

She will also visit Canada and Mexico before joining the annual UN climate change conference hosted by Chile in December.

Her father, Svante Thunberg and filmmaker Nathan Grossman, were also on board the 18-metre yacht.