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Greta Thunberg will cross the Atlantic with the help of Aussie YouTubers Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu. (Photo: @gretathunberg/Facebook)

Aussie YouTube Sailing Stars to Give Greta Thunberg a Lift to Europe

Climate activist Greta Thunberg will soon be on her way to a United Nations climate meeting in Spain, thanks to Aussie YouTube couple Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu. 

The 16-year-old who has given up unnecessary air travel announced on social media today that the sailing vloggers would help her make the trip across the Atlantic.

“So happy to say that I’ll hopefully make it to COP25 in Madrid,” Greta wrote on Instagram. “I’ve been offered a ride from Virginia, USA on the french 48ft sailing catamaran La Vagabonde.”

Whitelum and Carausu who have been sailing around the world since 2014 documenting their adventures on YouTube for their one million (plus) followers, responded to a tweet from Greta asking for help.

“Now I need to find a way to cross the Atlantic in November…If anyone could help me find transport I would be so grateful,” she wrote on Twitter.

Whitelum replied: “If you get in contact with me, I’m sure we could arrange something.”


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Guess what. We’re about to sail @gretathunberg across the Atlantic. 3200nm, with captain @riley.whitelum and crew @_nikkihenderson (and of course @lenny.lavagabonde ). A spontaneous decision to move our home across the other side of the ocean, but I mean we love Europe so we’re looking forward to some Caldo Verde upon arrival 🍵. Setting sail at 7:30 am tomorrow morning EST. You can track our live progress directly at sailing-lavagabonde.com once it goes live tomorrow morning! Woooo wish us luck. We’ll be posting here on Instagram from the satellite phone. The image quality is going to be pretty average though but you’ll forgive us. #sailinglavagabonde #gretathunberg

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Greta will be travelling with the Aussie couple, their baby boy Lenny (also a rising social media star!) and professional yachtswoman Nikki Henderson. 

Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and founder of CelebrityKind. She has dedicated her career to creating connected and healthy spaces in the media. When she's not writing, you'll find Nehal hanging with family, dancing to Beyoncé, interpreting Taylor Swift lyrics or watching old eps of Oprah.

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