How to get Greta Thunberg to New York

How to get Greta Thunberg to New York

From Fiji Spike Newell pens the environmental champion an open letter via Splash.

Bula Greta

It’s Spike from #Spikeonstrike in Fiji here.

You might have seen our protest action to support Noga who was striking at the UN International Maritime Organization. You can read about it here if you missed it.

Here’s a photo of what we did to support in Fiji.


I read this morning that you are going to meet the UN Secretary-General in New York and then to Chile. But you do not know how to cross the ocean without burning fuel. I live on a boat and I have lived on a boat all my life and sometimes we have to cross an ocean without burning fuel. I know a lot of other people on boats and I could ask if they could help you.

My family built a drua. Drua were awesome Fijian battleships, the fastest ships in the world in their day.

If you can’t find a better plan, I will ask to borrow the drua to take you. It is called i Vola Sigavou – the New Rising Star.

It would be a cold wet trip, but it would be exciting. And totally sustainable.

Drua was Fiji’s symbol at COP23. Canoes bring people together and we are all in the same canoe with climate change.

#Spikeonstrike

Spike Newell

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3 Comments

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    Peter Nuttall
    June 21, 2019 at 1:46 am

    Out of the mouths of babes and little children!
    Ultra-proud dad

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    Anjula
    June 21, 2019 at 6:52 am

    I support Spike on this! Great idea Spike:)

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    Mele Katea
    June 21, 2019 at 11:12 am

    I love Spike’s final words “Drua was Fiji’s symbol at COP23. Canoes bring people together and we are all in the same canoe with climate change”. Which means to me, the challenges we are facing now in terms of climate change can possibly be solved from within the people living in the canoe (drua)! Your intelligence Spike, amasing!