Climate change warrior on a sailing adventure
Team Malizia, skippered by Boris Herrmann and Pierre Casiraghi will have the great honor and pleasure to sail Greta Thunberg, the climate change warrior, from the UK to New York on their 60ft racing boat Malizia II. The journey will start in mid-August sailing across the Atlantic Ocean from the UK to NYC. The courageous 16-years-old Swedish activist chose to sail with Team Malizia as they offered a zero-carbon emission mode of transport to reach the USA, as the boat is equipped with solar panels and underwater turbines.
Greta will be joining the UN Climate Action Summit in New York City, the COP25 in Santiago and other events along the way. It will be the 16-year-old first trip to North and South America, after the launching of her movement for climate change in front of the Swedish Parliament last summer. She dared to act alone and now is followed by millions!
Greta urges to act right now!
Pierre Casiraghi, founder of the team and co-skipper for the transatlantic crossing, affirms: “I believe in bringing awareness about rising global emissions and pollution due to human activity. Convincing governments and international institutions to make the step and enforce laws that will protect mankind and biodiversity are of the utmost importance for the future of humanity. Greta is an ambassador who delivers a fundamental message both for our society and for the survival of future generations. Team Malizia and I are proud to take Greta across the Atlantic in this challenging mode of transport; unfortunately today this is still the only way without fossil fuel emissions. Hopefully, this will change in the near future. I respect Greta’s courage to take on this adventure and fully commit, sacrifice and fight for probably the greatest challenge of humanity.’’
Skipper and professional sailor Boris Herrmann adds, “Greta is an amazingly courageous person to be standing up against ignorance and injustice regarding the climate crisis. I am not surprised she considers this trip as something perfectly achievable for her – taking into account her courage in speaking up in a loud and clear way even in front of the most powerful people.” (Photo insert: Boris Herrmann and Pierre Casiraghi on board Malizia @MartinMessmer)
Malizia II is one of the safest and fastest ocean sailings boats in the world, the skippers are very experienced and count with highly accomplished onshore teams supporting this mission. Boris and Pierre are thrilled to play a part in increasing awareness of the most important challenge facing humanity.
You will be able to track the journey from their website, and Greta and the team will be posting regular updates on social media channels
“I am here to say, our house is on fire… I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is!” Greta Thunberg