The Spanish government says it is willing to help teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg cross the Atlantic Ocean in time to attend a United Nations climate conference in Madrid after it was relocated from Chile.
But the clock is ticking. Thunberg, who is currently in Los Angeles, needs to find a way to make it in time for the December 2 start of the COP25 conference in the Spanish capital by traveling through carbon-free modes of transportation.
It is uncertain how Spain would arrange a 6,000-mile carbon-free trip for Thunberg given her current location.
‘Dear Greta, it would be great to have you here in Madrid,’ Teresa Ribera, Spain’s Ecological Transition Minister, said on Twitter on Saturday.
‘You've made a long journey and help all of us to raise concern, open minds and enhance action.
‘We would love to help you to cross the Atlantic back.’
Teresa Ribera (left), Spain’s Ecological Transition Minister, says her government is willing to help 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg (seen right in Los Angeles on Friday) get to Madrid in time for a United Nations climate conference next month
‘Dear Greta, it would be great to have you here in Madrid,’ Ribera said on Twitter on Saturday. ‘You've made a long journey and help all of us to raise concern, open minds and enhance action. We would love to help you to cross the Atlantic back.’
Spain’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, suggested his capital city host the UN’s COP25 conference aimed at reducing global carbon emissions and combating climate change.
The event was initially scheduled to be held in Santiago between December 2 and 13.
But Chile has been paralyzed for weeks by massive protests that were sparked by a proposed 3 per cent hike in subway fares.
At least 18 people have died and more than 7,000 have been arrested as millions have poured into the streets demanding the government address economic inequality.
The Swedish climate activist tweeted that the conference's relocation from Santiago, Chile, to Madrid has essentially left her stranded in Los Angeles
Thunberg was planning to make a