NIKKI HENDERSON, 26, the British yacht skipper who is aiding Greta Thunberg sail from the US to Portugal in order for the 16-year-old activist to attend the COP 25 climate change talks in Madrid (December 2–13) has apparently produced the same amount of carbon emissions the voyage hoped to save by flying to the US from Britain in order to initiate the crossing.
The journey was meant to save approximately two or three tons of carbon dioxide emissions but the skipper’s flight out has produced the same emissions the journey hoped to save countering Ms Thunberg’s mission, The Times reports.
Ms Henderson was a skipper in three ARC Trans Atlantic races. In two of them, she was the youngest competitor.
She also skippered the Caribbean 600 and has raced in three Caribbean seasons.
Ms Henderson tweeted: ‘I decided to help @Sailing_LaVaga and support Greta because she is changing the world – simply by standing up for what she believes is right and staying true to her values.
‘I so admire that, and hope to draw strength from her.’
However, as Euro Weekly News understands, the journey has now received backlash as it seems that in order to aid Greta, the carbon dioxide emissions the activist wanted to avoid, were equally produced during the Skipper’s outbound flight.
Ms Henderson offered to sail Miss Thunberg to Spain after Greta 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.
The vessel is carrying Miss Thunberg and her father Svante 3,000 miles to Portugal where she will go onto attend the COP 25 climate change talks in Madrid.
In August, Miss Thunberg used a zero-emissions sailboat to sail across the Atlantic ocean from Plymouth in the UK to reach the United States in a 60 ft racing yacht equipped with solar panels and underwater turbines.