Greta Thunberg is a lot of things: teenager, climate activist, social media darling. And soon she might add 'YouTube creator' to her resume.
Thanks to Chile's decision to cancel a United Nations climate gathering scheduled for December, Greta Thunberg, who has apparently been living in the US since arriving in September on a carbon-neutral vessel, unable to fly home because it would betray her principles.
Since simply flying coach apparently isn't an option, Thunberg put the word out on social media that she was looking for somebody to sail with her to Madrid, where the December UN conference is now being held because of the riots in Chile. And who should answer her call but a couple of YouTube-famous Australians who live aboard their low-carbon catamaran, "La Vagabonde".
Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu are their names. And during their four-week journey - a journey that will only barely get them there in time for Greta to catch the end of the conference - we suspect that the couple and Greta will extensively document their journey via social media and YouTube, as they've been doing.
So happy to say I'll hopefully make it to COP25 in Madrid.— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) November 12, 2019
I’ve been offered a ride from Virginia on the 48ft catamaran La Vagabonde. Australians @Sailing_LaVaga ,Elayna Carausu & @_NikkiHenderson from England will take me across the Atlantic.
We sail for Europe tomorrow morning! pic.twitter.com/qJcgREe332
According to the Verge, the 40-foot catamaran in which they will be traveling is equipped with solar panels, a wind turbine, and hydro-generators, ensuring a "low carbon" journey.
Greta is clearly having a great time playing sailor.
Day 2. In the Gulf Stream. Yesterday was quite rough conditions in the shallow waters off the coast. Today much nicer. Slept really well. Great to be back on the ocean! @Sailing_LaVaga @elayna__c @_NikkiHenderson pic.twitter.com/zKTXbbUKl6— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) November 14, 2019
We sail for home! pic.twitter.com/Mc5IoGpKXA— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) November 13, 2019
Of course, by sailing across the Atlantic, one could argue that Greta is putting herself and others at risk. November isn’t the ideal month to sail across the North Atlantic. Hurricane season in the Atlantic runs from June to November.
Meanwhile, Thunberg is inviting her fans to follow her travels online.
Track us at https://t.co/hP3T0SbY5p— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) November 13, 2019
Thunberg first became a sensation last year when she became the figurehead of the global school climate strike movement, where she encouraged kids to leave school en masse and take to the streets to demand their leaders do more to address climate change. She's now dedicating herself to traveling to every official 'climate summit' in search of a microphone to warn about the planet's impending doom, and how it's all the boomers' fault.