Climate campaigner Greta prepares to sail to the US on boat with no toilet Aug 14, 2019 0 675 12345 REUTERSLONDONSwedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg will set sail for New York today, crossing the Atlantic in a racing yacht with no shower or toilet to join protests in the United States and take part in a United Nations summit.To avoid travelling by air, Thunberg is making her trans-Atlantic trip on board the 60-ft yacht, the Malizia II, fitted with solar panels and underwater turbines that produce electricity onboard, with the aim of making the journey zero-carbon.“I might feel a bit seasick and it’s not going to be comfortable but that I can live with,” Thunberg told BBC TV in Plymouth, southwest England, from where she is due to leave on Wednesday afternoon. “If it’s really hard then I just have to think it’s only for two weeks then I can go back to as usual,” said the 16-year-old who will be accompanied by her father, Svante, and a cameraman on the journey.Earlier this month, the boat’s skipper told Reuters the teenage activist, who has become a figurehead for young environmental protesters, faced a challenging voyage on board the yacht which is designed for speed rather than luxury.There are no showers or toilets - those on board have to use a blue bucket.“Greta taking on this challenge of sailing across on a race boat with zero comfort really shows her commitment to the cause and how far she’s willing to push herself,” skipper Boris Herrmann told Reuters. He said they will try to make the journey as smooth as possible.“By stopping flying you not only reduce your own carbon footprint but also that sends a signal to other people around you that the climate crisis is a real thing,” Thunberg said.When she arrives, she will join the UN Climate Action Summit in New York in September and the COP 25 climate change conference in Santiago, Chile in December.“Me speaking to the UN is not going to change the situation but if that can help to create awareness ... then I think that together we can try to ... make a change,” Thunberg said on a visit to a German anti-coal protest camp on Friday. RELATED ARTICLES Most important trade deal is with the EU: British PM Aug 14, 2019 0 319 29 US states and cities sue Trump over climate protections Aug 14, 2019 0 633 Paris launches Notre-Dame lead decontamination work Aug 14, 2019 0 401 Germany’s Merkel defends 2015 migration policy DPA Stralsund German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her migration policy on Tuesday, saying she believed her decision in September 2015 to open Germany’s borders to refugees and migrants stranded in Hungary was the .. Spain ignores call to take in minors stuck on rescue boat Madrid: Spain on Tuesday refused to consider a request from a Spanish rescue boat that it grant asylum to 31 minors stuck aboard the ship, arguing the demand was not valid. The captain of the Open Arms, Marc Reig, sent a .. Ukraine’s president offers citizenship to Russian political refugees KIEV: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy signed a decree on Tuesday offering citizenship to Russians suffering political persecution, and also to foreigners who fought on Kiev’s side in the conflict in eastern .. Italy delays no-confidence debate in rowdy Senate session AFP Rome A ROWDY Italian Senate on Tuesday rejected a call by far-right leader Matteo Salvini for a swift no-confidence vote, deciding instead that Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte would address the crisis on August 20. .. Trump official twists Statue of Liberty poem for new migrant policy Washington: The head of US immigration services on Tuesday twisted the words of a poem on the Statue of Liberty, a symbol of the US’ history of immigration, to justify the Trump administration’s latest moves to crack down ..