“They all have muscle aches because they have to brace themselves with every step,” she continued, adding that the group expected to encounter calmer waters once they made it out of the Bay of Biscay.
The activists’ trip to attend the U.N.’s COP25 climate summit in Chile is expected to last several weeks more, with planned stops on the way including Casablanca, Tenerife and Cape Verde, before docking at their final destination in Recife, Brazil.
The initiative, dubbed Sail to the Cop, was undertaken as a way to raise awareness about the environmental crises at the heart of the mass protests that have swept through Belgium and across the world.
Additionally, they also aim to ignite work on a “vision and roadmap to a sustainable future” for the travel industry, and call on world leaders and decision-makers to embrace a “fast shift to a just and sustainable transport system.”
Ahead of the departure last week, De Wever took to Twitter to address a message to Belgian leaders, telling them the teenage leaders would be “waiting for [them] and [their] ambition at the COP.”