“My message to the Americans is the same as to everyone – that is to unite behind the science and to act on the science,” Thunberg told the Guardian on Tuesday.
“We must realize this is a crisis, and we must do what we can now to spread awareness about this and to put pressure on the people in power. And especially, the US has an election coming up soon, and it’s very important that for everyone who can vote, vote.”
These were part of Greta Thunberg's farewell statement before starting her journey back to Europe. The 16-year old activist exploded onto the American consciousness with her powerful speech at the U.N. taking older generations to task for turning a blind eye to the growing climate crisis. Her statements made her the target of conservative punditry but has also earned her acclaim amongst fellow activists and millions of people committed to conservation and protection of our natural resources.
Thunberg arrived via racing yacht in August to attend the climate change summits in the United Nations and Chile, but the Chilean summit was taken off her shcedule due to civic unrest in the region. She is heading back to in Madrid, where the international climate negotiations have been moved to.
Thunberg is departing from Hampton, Virginia on a catamaran with Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu, a YouTube celebrity couple known as Sailing La Vagabonde who live on a boat outfitted with heating, solar panels, and a water turbine-equipped boat with their baby. The journey is supposed to take three weeks, weather permitting, and she will be accompanied by her father and Nikki Henderson, a professional sailor.
Speaking to the Guardian this Thursday, Thunberg urged people to spread awareness of the climate crisis.
“Even if the politics needed doesn’t exist today, we still need to use our voices to make sure that the people in power are focused on the right things. Because this is a democracy, and in a democracy, people are the ones who run the country. I know it doesn’t seem that way, but if enough people were to decide they have had enough, then that could change everything. So don’t underestimate that power.”