Greta Thunberg to sail into Lisbon on Tuesday

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 02-12-2019 09:15:00 · 7 Comments

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg has said she expects to arrive in Lisbon on Tuesday morning, before travelling on to Madrid to attend the COP25 climate change summit.

"Day 18,” the 16-year-old said in a message on Twitter. “We’re speeding towards Europe! Estimated time of arrival right now is Tuesday morning. We’ll be arriving at Doca de Alcantara, Lisbon. We are all looking forward to see you there!”

In a statement sent to Lusa on Thunberg’s message, ZERO (Sustainable Land System Association) stated that the sailboat La Vagabonde will dock at The Dock of Alcântara at the end of the pontoon on the River Tagus, next to the Gare Marítima de Alcântara.

Upon her arrival, the young activist is to be received by the mayor of Lisbon, Fernando Medina, and a news conference is also scheduled on the site, the association said.

COP25, which is scheduled for 2 to 13 December, was on 1 November transferred urgently to Madrid from Chile, the original planned host, after the latter announced that it would no longer be organising it because of the social unrest roiling the country.

The transfer was proposed by Spain’s Socialist prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, to "ensure" that the meeting went ahead, despite the enormous logistical challenges this will entail: setting up in just one month an event that is to see the participation of 25,000 people from some 200 countries, including diplomats, representatives of non-governmental organisations, and scientists.

The climate change summit takes place annually in a different region of the world. Last year it took place in Poland.

Initially, the conference was to have taken place in Brazil but in November 2018 the newly elected president of that country, Jair Bolsonaro, gave up the right to organise the event, citing "fiscal and budgetary restrictions", and Chile took over.

Thunberg had crossed the Atlantic by boat to attend an earlier United Nations summit in New York, convened by the UN secretary-general, António Guterres, in September and then the COP25 in Chile. The unexpected change of venue forced her to return to Europe, this time in a catamaran, to arrive in Madrid in time without having to catch a plane, and with a stop planned in Lisbon.


Carbon neutral my bottom.
The boat she came in on was built using carbon fibre so much for carbon neutral. I suppose she hitched a lift so the boat was going anyway its possibly the least damaging way to go

By Frank Kennedy from UK on 30-01-2020 06:56

She could save the planet quicker by not spouting the garbage which comes out of her mouth. Is she really 16, she looks about 10 must be the Anne of Green Gables plaits she sports to make her look young and innocent when underneath there is a mixture of Merkel and Thatcher or possibly worse hidden.

By Jo from Algarve on 04-12-2019 08:08

Please step away, Greta Thunberg. Don't infect my country with your rotten ideas.

By João from Algarve on 03-12-2019 10:45

Its an honor to have u here. A very good example to humankind. Wish u good luck. Take care.

By Rina Thakkar from Lisbon on 03-12-2019 07:29

Well, if I had someone offer me a free trip across Atlantic on a modern yacht, covering all expenses (after all, she is an unemployed school kid) I would also gladly drop planes and cars as means of transportation.

By Gary from UK on 03-12-2019 03:47

Welcome to Portugal, Greta! Keep doing what you do so well and telling it like it is!

By Steve Andrews from Other on 02-12-2019 09:06

By Andrew D Pritchard from UK on 02-12-2019 05:32
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