Skip to Content

The crew 'uniting behind the science' on the Malizia II. Twitter

Greta Thunberg’s sailing trip will require six flights

The crossing of the Atlantic undertaken by the young climate activist Greta Thunberg has ultimately not been so "eco-friendly". On the contrary...

Published: August 17, 2019, 10:58 am

    Read more

    It is a paradox to which Greta Thunberg, very critical of the ecological consequences of flying, should be happy to respond. The young Swedish activist, who is due to attend a climate summit in New York on September 23, has chosen to go there by crossing the Atlantic Ocean aboard a carbon sailboat deemed very ecological – although sponsored by brands which are a little less eco-friendly.

    The organisation of the journey at sea will require a total of six transatlantic flights, reported the German newspaper Die Tageszeitung. If Greta Thunberg had flown with her only father, the environmental cost would have been much lower.

    And for good reason: according to the newspaper, five employees, who have been tasked with bringing the boat back to Europe, will have to fly to the other side of the Atlantic.

    The German skipper accompanying Greta Thunberg, Boris Herrmann, will also return by air to the Old Continent. “Of course, they fly there, there is no choice,” said Andreas Kling, spokesman for the skipper.

    The father of the activist, Svante Thunberg, the Monegasque founder of the Malizia team who owns the sailboat, Pierre Casiraghi, and a filmmaker are also on board the yacht.

    Pierre Casiraghi, a shareholder in a helicopter company, is not really famous for his commitment to the environment. And the yacht on which Greta Thunberg is travelling, is sponsored by the Monaco Yacht Club, BMW and a Swiss financial group EFG, linked to several tax havens.

    The environmental activist, posing in antifa T-shirt, embarked on Wednesday morning on her voyage to New York. Following a French article in Valeurs Actuelles about Thunberg’s sponsors, reprinted by the Swedish press, she responded saying in particular that “all the logos of the commercial sponsors have been removed”.

    According to the German media, and according to the atmospheric emissions calculator of the German environmental NGO Atmosfair, a Hamburg-New York flight would generate 1 800 kg of CO2.

    That is a carbon footprint far too important in terms of efforts to limit global warming to two degrees. The calculation is quite simple: it would have been less damaging for the planet to see Greta Thunberg travel to New York by plane rather than move a whole group through this sailing trip.

    The Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet revealed how the 16-year-old Swede’s name appears to have been exploited for money successfully.

    Other fervent defenders of the environment, the British Duke of Sussex and his wife, have also been criticized for their week of vacation in Ibiza where they went in a private jet.

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, according to Spanish media, quoted by the British daily the Daily Mail, stayed on the island from August 6 to 12, just after the speech of Prince Harry at Google Camp in Sicily, where he preached about climate change.

    The private jet of the couple emitted six times more carbon monoxide per person than it would have done with a commercial flight from London. According to the British media, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, claimed they were able to leave the United Kingdom and land in Spain without anyone knowing it because they took a private jet. But it seems as if some people knew about their vacation anyway.

    The spokesperson of the NGO Friends of the Earth was not amused by the thoughtless “private” trip: “The Duke of Sussex speaks excessively well about the environment, with a moving vocabulary, and after he flies on vacation in a private jet to a European destination”. According to him, the couple should have “taken a train and a boat and that would have been an opportunity to give the example”.

    Consider donating to support our work

    Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    • Mike Smith

      This is the double standards of the eco nutters. They think the world will be able to carry on with no planes, yet they find that ‘there is no other way’. Laughable.

    Europe

    Dutch government report: Nothing can be done about immigration

    The HagueCan anything be done about immigration policy in the Netherlands? The answer to this question was found in the policy directive sent on July 3 from the ministry to the Tweede Kamer.

    Erdogan turns Christian landmark Hagia Sophia into mosque

    IstanbulThe first call to Muslim prayer from inside Hagia Sophia will once again be heard after over eight decades.  The historic house of worship located in Istanbul, has served as a Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal cathedral, a Roman Catholic cathedral, an Ottoman mosque, and a secular museum. As of July 2020 the site has been reclassified as a mosque by the President of Turkey.

    Migrant sexually assaults a leftist political icon in Cologne

    CologneIt happened in broad daylight, in the middle of "colourful", cosmopolitan, multi-cultural Cologne. Cologne’s assistant mayor Elfi Scho-Antwerpes (67) was confronted with the harsh reality of a society that lacks universally accepted values. The well-known politician from Cologne quickly called... the police.

    Immigrants suspected of deadly assault on bus driver in France

    BayonneFour "youths" that boarded a bus in Bayonne, France, without tickets and without masks violently attacked a bus driver on Sunday. The driver was left brain dead. Yet another sad story totally ignored by the system media that illustrates the impoverishment of French society as a result of "diversity".

    New French Justice Minister wants Le Pen’s party banned

    ParisThe big surprise of the new French administration after a reshuffle, is the appointment of the very mediatic lawyer at the Ministry of Justice, Éric Dupond-Moretti.

    Turkey’s intervention in Libya: Erdogan sends ministers, lobbies for murderers

    TripoliThese days Turkey is vying for the title of top thug in both Europe and Northern Africa. Apart from the “spy scandal” with France, Turkey has been meddling directly in the Libyan conflict in a profoundly comprehensive and controversial way, deepening existing tensions.

    US intensifies pressure on Germany over Nord Stream 2

    BerlinThe US is disrupting free trade and has imposed extraterritorial sanctions to try to stop the flow of energy on the world market, says Dr. Bruno Bandulet, former editor at German daily Die Welt.

    Germany’s female leaders disband elite special forces unit

    BerlinThe German government - Chancellor Angela Merkel, Defense Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer and Agnieszka Brugger, a Green MP on the Parliament’s Defense Committee - has moved to disband an elite soldier unit.

    Polish presidential elections: ‘We don’t like either…’

    WarsawJanusz Korwin-Mikke is one of the most controversial elder statesman, former member of the European Parliament and a politician in Poland. FWM spoke with him exclusively about the presidential elections being held in his country.

    Vox party rally to defend Colombus statue in Barcelona

    BarcelonaSome 150 Vox party supporters gathered on Saturday to protect the statue of Christopher Columbus in Barcelona.

    Go to archive