A Swedish teenager was the recipient of a great deal of love from the public when her boat arrived at the North Cove Marina in New York City.
Greta Thunberg, 16, crossed the Atlantic Ocean over two weeks in a carbon-free, solar-powered boat to draw attention to the climate crisis.
Once on shore, she was presented with flowers, applause, and gratitude from those who share her fears about what's going to happen as carbon dioxide emissions continue increasing.
Thunberg is best known for launching school climate strikes by students, popularizing the hashtag #FridaysForFuture.
She refuses to board airplanes to reduce her carbon footprint.
She will speak at an upcoming UN climate conference in New York.
"The thing I'm going to miss the most is being disconnected from everything and everyone—to not have contact with anyone and just not to have anything you have to do and just to literally sit for hours and stare at the ocean, not doing anything," Thunberg said on the dock. "That was great. I'm going to miss that a lot. And of course to be in this wilderness the ocean and to see the beauty of it, that I'm also going to miss."
Thunberg has said that there's a need to change almost everything in modern societies to avert a climate catastrophe.
"The bigger your carbon footprint, the bigger your responsibility," she told the elites at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. "The bigger your platform, the greater your responsibility.
"Adults keep saying: 'We owe it to the young people to give them hope.'
"But I don't want your hope. I don't want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear that I feel every day.
"And then I want you to act as you would in a crisis," she concluded. "I want you to act as if your house is on fire. Because it is."