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Thunberg, teen climate activist, leaves US aboard catamaran

Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden, sits on a catamaran docked in Hampton, Va., on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. Thunberg will leave North America and begin her return trip across the Atlantic on Wednesday aboard a 48-foot (15-meter) catamaran sailboat whose passengers include an 11-month-old baby. The boat leaves little to no carbon footprint, boasting solar panels and a hydro-generators for power. (AP Photo/Ben Finley)

HAMPTON, Va. — Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has left North America to begin her return trip across the Atlantic aboard a 48-foot (15-meter) catamaran sailboat whose passengers include an 11-month-old baby.

Thunberg tweeted that she set sail Wednesday morning from Hampton, Virginia, where she hitched a ride with an Australian family aboard a catamaran named La Vagabonde. They left shortly before 8 a.m.

The boat leaves little to no carbon footprint, counting on solar panels and hydro-generators for power.

The trip could take two to four weeks, and November is considered off-season for sailing across the Atlantic. She’s hoping to make it back to Europe in time to attend a United Nations climate meeting that was moved to Madrid in early December.

Ben Finley, The Associated Press