The 16-year-old climate change activist was in Los Angeles when the venue changed from Santiago, Chile, to Madrid, Spain, due to political unrest. She took to Twitter looking for help to get to the new location over 9300km away, as having sailed on a 14-day, carbon-neutral voyage in a solar-powered racing yacht from Plymouth to New York in August, the Swedish activist was left stranded in the US.
Greta travelled to the US in the first place to attend the UN Climate Action Summit, where she admonished the world’s leaders for their inaction on the climate emergency. She had been travelling in the US by train and in an electric car borrowed from actor and former California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, as she refuses to fly because of the carbon emissions involved in aviation.
Greta's call for help was answered by YouTubers Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu, who are parents to their 11-month-old son named Lenny. They have a 15-metre long catamaran called La Vagabonde, which has solar panels and hydro-generators for power, and they chronicle their adventures online.
Whitelum and Carausu picked Greta up in Virginia along with skipper Nikki Henderson. She is now on her way to Europe on La Vagabonde for the December conference and is chronicling the trip online.
This article was originally published on November 5 and updated on November 14.