Greta Thunberg Announced As "TIME" Magazine’s Person Of The Year
Greta Thunberg has been named as TIME magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019 — making her the youngest person ever to receive the honor.
“She became the biggest voice on the biggest issue facing the planet this year, coming from essentially nowhere to lead a worldwide movement” said Edward Felsenthal, TIME editor-in-chief. “She embodies youth activism.”
The Swedish climate activist started a worldwide movement at age 15, when she began sitting outside parliament on Fridays instead of going to school. Her solitary protest soon turned into a global action as “Fridays For Future” was born.
Thunberg also became one of the youngest people ever to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize when she was listed as a candidate for the 2019 award.
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Greta Thunberg’s Climate Activism
The teenager has become the face of climate change justice and is continuing to challenge leaders and lawmakers to do more.
Having become aware of the climate crisis at just eight years old, Thunberg was immediately concerned for the future of the planet.
“I remember thinking that it was very strange that humans that are an animal species, among others, could be capable of changing the Earth’s climate,” she said during a TED Talk in 2018.
Speaking at the UN Climate Change Summit earlier this year, Thunberg addressed world leaders in her typical no-nonsense manner.
“People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing,” she said. “We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”
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