Brexit activist Arron Banks slammed over 'despicable' tweet about Greta Thunberg

Ms Thunberg waved from the yacht as she set off from Plymouth on Wednesday afternoon

Would you want to spend two weeks travelling across the North Atlantic - as she is now doing - on a boat with no toilets, kitchens or privacy in order to avoid a flight to NY?

She admits the voyage will be a "huge challenge".

"Instead of speaking to me and to the school-striking children and teenagers they should be talking to actual scientists and experts in this area", she said.

"The objective is to arrive safe and sound in New York", Mr Herrmann told AFP as he made final preparations in the English port of Plymouth.

Greta Thunberg at the school strike for climate. It is not clear how she will be traveling.

The Swedish activist gained worldwide fame when last August, then 15 years old, she began holding solo strikes outside of the national parliament every school day to press the lawmakers for action on climate change.

Her apocalyptic strain of environmentalism has led her to make statements like "we probably don't even have a future anymore" while she has wished that the indifferent could "feel the fear I feel every day".

Thunberg has become a figurehead for climate action with her stark warnings of catastrophe if the world does not act now to cut carbon emissions and curb global warming.

"I will just have to see, get on the boat and see what happens, and that is also very exciting".

Her message has resonated well with many young people around the world, who joined an global campaign encouraging students to ditch school every Friday to call on lawmakers to commit to reducing carbon emissions and halting climate change.

But she says she has nothing to say to US President Donald Trump.

Inside it is sparse, fitted with high-tech navigation equipment, an on-board ocean laboratory to monitor Carbon dioxide levels in the water, and four bunks - Mr Herrmann and Mr Casiraghi will share one, sleeping in turns. Meals consist of freeze-dried packets of vegan food, which, mixed with water, will be heated over a small gas stove.

But state-of-the-art solar panels adorn the yacht's deck and sides while there are two hydro-generators, which together provide all the electricity they need on board.

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