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Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg reaches New York after sailing across Atlantic

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Sixteen-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg on Wednesday shared that she had reached New York City after sailing across the Atlantic Ocean ahead of next month’s United Nations Climate Action Summit.

{mosads}Thunberg, who does not travel by air due to the associated carbon emissions, set sail from the United Kingdom on Aug. 14 on an emissions-free sailboat.

She has provided regular updates on the two-week voyage.

“Land!! The lights of Long Island and New York City ahead,” Thunberg tweeted early Wednesday morning.

The boat was originally slated to reach New York on Tuesday but choppy conditions south of Nova Scotia, Canada, held things up for a day.

The craft, the Malizia II, is powered by solar panels and underwater turbines that produce electricity, according to CNN.

Speaking after arriving in New York City, Thunberg addressed whether she would want to meet with President Trump while in the U.S., reiterating her position that such a meeting would not be worthwhile.

“People always ask me about Donald Trump … my message for him is listen to the science,” she said. “He obviously doesn’t do that.”

Thunberg, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, has become one of the world’s most visible climate activists after organizing a series of school strikes to call for action on climate change starting last year.

The U.N. summit is scheduled for Sept. 23.

“The Summit will showcase a leap in collective national political ambition and it will demonstrate massive movements in the real economy in support of the agenda,” the summit’s website states.

“Together, these developments will send strong market and political signals and inject momentum in the “race to the top” among countries, companies, cities and civil society that is needed to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.”

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