November 13, 2019
Climate Empress Greta Thunberg will be sailed to Spain by an Australian couple, because royalty such as her highness can’t be bothered with everyday people’s means of travel.
Of course, the excuse is that this boat trip will be better for the environment than just getting a plane ticket — the same argument used to defend her last yacht trip with European royalty. The problem with this is that there are still unanswered questions about the actual environmental impact of this circus compared to just flying on a plane with other people.
An Australian couple will sail teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg almost 6,300km from the US to Spain so she can attend a UN climate meeting.
The Swedish campaigner, 16, revealed on Wednesday she had received an invite from couple Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu to take her to the COP25 conference in Madrid.
The handsome couple with their son Lenny. They look like good people.
The group – who will sail on a 48ft catamaran called La Vagabonde – will leave Hampton, Virginia this week.
Ms Thunberg had issued a plea on social media for help getting back across the Atlantic Ocean after the summit was moved at the last minute from Santiago in Chile to Madrid due to the protests in the South American country.
‘So happy to say that I’ll hopefully make it to COP25 in Madrid,’ she said in a post on Wednesday.
‘I’ve been offered a ride from Virginia, USA, on the french 48ft sailing catamaran La Vagabonde.
‘The two Australians Riley Whitelum, Elayna Carausu and Nikki Henderson from England will take me across the Atlantic Ocean.’
Weather dependent, their journey is expected to take about three weeks.
Mr Whitelum said in a statement they had seen ‘the beauty of this planet first hand and think that it is something we should all strive to protect.’
‘It is something I have considered even more since having a child,’ he said.
The Australian couple have spent several years sailing around the world and have recently had a son, Lenny, together.
Is there anything more white than saying “the world is beautiful, let’s protect it so our children can enjoy it”? Because that’s what he’s basically saying.
This long-term planning stuff, having a vision for the future, wanting future generations to start better off than you started, this drive to protect the beauty of the world… these are all ridiculously white things.
You can’t even spell that man’s name without also spelling white.
The couple has a YouTube channel about their life at sea, so it could be argued that taking Greta to Spain is some kind of publicity stunt or business decision — but that’s the thing: making a business out of the premise of taking care of the planet is such a white thing to do too.
Other parts of the world are not really into taking care of anything.
The problem with this good will of whites is that it can be easily taken advantage of by groups with ulterior motives.
We all want the planet to be healthy and beautiful and we all want people to have a future, so claims of imminent destruction unless we take action leverage this concern about the well-being of Earth and become dangerously persuasive.
If we really want to save the planet, the solution isn’t to step down and let the rest of the world — unconcerned about the planet — catch up to us like Greta claims.
The solution is to step up and lead.