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Greta Thunberg arrives in Portugal ahead of climate change summit

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Sommer Brokaw
Greta Thunberg (R) delivers a speech upon her arrival at Santo Amaro Dock, in Lisbon, Portugal, Tuesday, after crossing the Atlantic on the catamaran 'La Vagabonde.' Photo by Manuel De Almeida/EPA-EFE
Greta Thunberg (R) delivers a speech upon her arrival at Santo Amaro Dock, in Lisbon, Portugal, Tuesday, after crossing the Atlantic on the catamaran 'La Vagabonde.' Photo by Manuel De Almeida/EPA-EFE

Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg arrived in Portugal Tuesday after a three-week journey across the Atlantic, where she will stay a few days before heading to the climate change summit in Spain.

Thunberg spoke at press conference at the port in Lisbon after she arrived.

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"We need to work together to make sure that we secure future living conditions for humankind and that we fight not only [for] ourselves but for our children and for our grandchildren and for every single living being on earth," the 16-year-old Swedish activist told reporters. "We will go to COP25 in Madrid and we will continue the fight there to make sure that within those walls, the voices of the people are being heard."

The Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention to Combat Climate Change has been scheduled to convene from Dec. 2 through Dec. 13 in Madrid, Spain, for its 25th session dubbed COP25.

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After a few days in Lisbon, Thunberg will head to Spain for the conference.

Thunberg started her journey on Nov. 13 from the United States on a solar-powered catamaran to avoid contributing to carbon emissions.

Earlier in the month, Chile withdrew from hosting the COP25 resulting in a bit of trouble for Thunberg who was already en route to Chile when she learned that she would have to turn around and cross the Atlantic Ocean.

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The Madrid meeting is the last COP25 conference before 2020 when all countries in the Paris Agreement are required to take some action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, regardless of economic development.

The historic agreement signed by 195 countries was reached in 2015 to curb global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century and became international law three years ago.

President Donald Trump, who says it disadvantages the United States to benefit other countries, formally began the process to withdraw from the landmark accord last month.

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