With shaky legs Greta Thunberg goes ashore
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After a good two weeks at sea, the Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has arrived in New York. With wobbly legs she got off her ship – and a few minutes later gave another press conference.
NAfter a two-week trip with a sailing ship, the young climate protection activist Greta Thunberg arrived in New York. The boat "Malizia II" with the 16-year-old Swede on board anchored on Wednesday first in front of Coney Island, which belongs to New York's borough of Brooklyn. After completing customs and immigration checks, the vessel proceeded to a marina near the World Trade Center in southern Manhattan.
In her first steps on land, Thunberg swayed noticeably – but recovered despite wobbly legs. For the young Swede, 14 days full of privations without toilet or shower on the open sea come to an end in New York.
"All of this overwhelms me a lot, the ground wobbles a bit below me, but I want to thank all those who are here and all those who are involved in the fight for the climate," said Thunberg at a local press conference. The trip was "surprisingly good" – not even she had felt seasick. She was happy to be able to eat real food again, instead of the astronaut food at sea.
The activist survived the days on the open side in partly heavy waves quite well, as also showed regular messages from her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Also the North German sailing professional Boris Herrmann received after the transatlantic cruise strong cheers of onlookers and young activists on site. "This is a great welcome. That's very strong, really emotional, "he said – and at the same time praised Thunberg:" Very few people would have done it. "
The United Nations welcomed Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg on her arrival in New York with 17 sailboats. Each of them stands for one of the UN sustainability goals and is provided with a corresponding symbol on the sail, as the United Nations on news agency dpa on Tuesday announced on request.
Accordingly, the boats would wait for the racing yacht "Malizia" with Thunberg on board in front of Manhattan near the Verrazano Bridge. This spans the straits between Staten Island and Brooklyn.
The Sustainability Goals are considered the global purpose of the United Nations and its member states. In addition to the enhanced fight against climate change, they include preventing people from living in poverty or starving, improving access to education and health, or eliminating discrimination against women.
The goals are to be achieved by 2030. In September, the heads of state and government want to draw an interim report on what has been achieved so far at the UN in New York.
The 16-year-old Swede made her way across the Atlantic on 14th August in southern Plymouth in southern England, for example, to attend the UN Climate Change Summit in New York in September and the December Climate Change Conference in Chile.
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Thunberg's stay includes several major protests and meetings with other activists, policymakers and climate change stakeholders.
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