Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish activist who spurred a global climate movement, arrived in New York City on Wednesday to a roaring crowd of hundreds of people.
Thunberg traveled for 13 days and 18 hours across the Atlantic Ocean on a sailboat powered by wind and solar energy to draw attention to the greenhouse gas emissions released by the airline industry. Experts say the single biggest way to minimize your individual carbon footprint is to limit how many flights you take. [...]
"I was born in the Philippines and I have family who live there who are impacted by increasingly severe typhoons," Adrien Salazar, a climate campaigner at the nonprofit Demos, told Global Citizen. "I grew up in California and I have family there who are affected by the wildfires. This is an issue that's dramatically affecting people's lives today.
"I think Greta has been able to speak truth to power in a way that has resonated with a lot of young people who are frustrated, who have lived their whole lives seeing inaction on climate change," he added.