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Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager whose social media-savvy brand of eco-activism has inspired tens of thousands of students in Europe to skip classes and protest for faster action against climate change, said Monday that she plans to take her message to America the old-fashioned way: by boat.

Thunberg boycotted school for three weeks in Sweden to draw attention to climate change. She sat quietly outside the legislature in Stockholm with a sign reading “School strike for climate.”

The story of this young girl with Asperger’s received international attention. She inspired protests in The Netherlands, Germany, Finland and Denmark. She spoke at demonstrations calling for action in Brussels and London, where she told world leaders they were not mature enough to tell the truth about climate change.

Young people in Australia walked out of school in mass with Thunberg as inspiration.

And she was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Greta Thunberg is coming to New York.

She has been invited to participate the United Nations climate talks in September.

But here is the deal, Greta Thunberg is walking the walk when it comes to her own carbon footprint.

She stopped eating meat because of the methane that cows produce. And she refused to fly across the Atlantic for her U.N. commitment. Instead, she left Tuesday on a small racing yacht in what is expected to be a two-week crossing in Spartan conditions.

The 60-foot vessel has no toiler, very little light and no Internet access. The seas are expected to be rough.

Antonio Guterres, the U.N. secretary general, says it is young activists like Thunberg who are needed to save the planet.

But not everyone has been complimentary. The New York Times reported that Steve Milloy, a former member of the Trump transition team called her “the ignorant teenage climate puppet” on Twitter.

Bon Voyage Greta Thunberg.

We need you to save us.

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Ken Tingley is the editor of The Post-Star and may be reached via email at tingley@poststar.com.  His blog  “The Front Page” discusses issues about newspapers and journalism. You can also follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kentingley.

 

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Ken Tingley is Editor of The Post-Star in Glens Falls, N.Y. and writes a regular blog called "The Front Page." He can be reached via email at tingley@poststar.com.

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