Greta Thunberg hitches ride across Atlantic with YouTube influencer family

13 November 2019, 11:09 | Updated: 13 November 2019, 14:12

Swedish teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg is sailing across the Atlantic again - hitching a ride this time with an Australian family.

YouTubers Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu, who have an 11-month-old son named Lenny, chronicle their globetrottng adventures in a 15-metre long catamaran called La Vagabonde online, and have a huge following.

The vessel's green credentials include solar panels and hydro-generators for power.

Ms Thunberg appealed for help to cross the Atlantic earlier this month, saying she had travelled halfway around the world "the wrong way" after the United Nations global climate meeting was moved from Chile to Madrid.

She refuses to fly in an effort to cut down on her carbon footprint, so had travelled from Plymouth in England to New York in the US on a sailing boat in August.

She then planned to travel overland to the Chilean capital Santiago for the December conference.

However, organisers had to make the last-minute change after Chile announced it was cancelling plans to host the meeting because of violent anti-government protests.

"So happy to say that I'll hopefully make it to COP25 in Madrid," the 16-year-old wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.

"I've been offered a ride from Virginia, USA, on the French 48ft sailing catamaran La Vagabonde.

"The two Australians Riley Whitlum (sic), Elayna Carausu and Nikki Henderson from England will take me across the Atlantic Ocean.

She added: "We sail for Europe tomorrow morning!"

La Vagabonde also has a toilet - unlike the racing Malizia II yacht on which she made her zero-emissions boat trip to the States this summer along with her father and two crew members.

"There are countless people around the world who don't have access to a toilet," she said of the upgrade. "It's not that important. But it's nice to have."

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Countries represented at the Madrid climate conference will discuss how they can cut down on their greenhouse gas emissions.

Ms Thunberg's outspoken stance on the issue has started an international movement.

Millions of people have taken to the streets across the world to demand governments take emergency action on climate change.