Olympian Adam Kreek offers to row Greta Thunberg to Victoria

Adam Kreek can easily imagine a flotilla of boats paddling teen climate-change activist Greta Thunberg across the strait to Victoria on Saturday.

When the Olympic gold medallist rower heard Thunberg would be in Vancouver Friday but had passed on the opportunity to visit Vancouver Island because the ferries run on fossil fuels, he immediately offered to row the teenager across the water.

Greta is just a beacon of hope who unites people, Kreek said Tuesday.

Greta has been able to cut through the noise. Shes been able to get the message out that the climate is hurting and we need to take action. A number of people have already told me theyre interested in joining the flotilla.

Coun. Ben Isitt said he reached out to a contact in Vancouver last week, inquiring about Thunberg visiting Vancouver Island.

The main obstacle that was identified at that point was the lack of a fossil-fuel free transportation option. With Kreeks offer, Thunberg and her team are considering a visit, he said.

On Tuesday night, however, a message was posted to Thunbergs social media accounts saying she was not aware of any invitation to visit Victoria: 

Kreek, his wife Rebecca and many others are holding their breath waiting to see what Thunberg decides. It really depends on Gretas schedule. Its an offer. Its out there. Its in Gretas camp. We have enough time to get rowboats over to Vancouver.

On a windswept dock at the Inner Harbour, Kreek walked over to the Whitehall Spirit rowing shell that could be used....

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