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Greta Thunberg, Named Time Magazine’s ‘2019 Person Of The Year’, Youngest Till Date

The 16-year-old Swedish climate activist has become an iconic face in the fight to save the planet from climate change. Last year, she began spending her Fridays protesting by herself outside the Swedish parliament, and that effort grew to her leading a host of student-led climate strikes involving millions of people all around the world.
12 Dec 2019 09:41
Greta Thunberg, Named Time Magazine’s ‘2019 Person Of The Year’, Youngest Till Date
Greta Thunberg was named Time magazine's 2019 Person of the Year.

Greta Thunberg was named Time magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year. She is youngest figure to receive the distinction in its 92-year history.

“She became the biggest voice on the biggest issue facing the planet this year, coming from essentially nowhere to lead a worldwide movement,” Time Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal said at the announcement on Wednesday, ABC News reported.

“She embodies youth activism.”

The 16-year-old Swedish climate activist has become an iconic face in the fight to save the planet from climate change. Last year, she began spending her Fridays protesting by herself outside the Swedish parliament, and that effort grew to her leading a host of student-led climate strikes involving millions of people all around the world.

Thunberg sailed on a solar-powered boat from England to New York this fall for a United Nations climate summit instead of flying, emphasizing it’s less harmful to the environment. She then drew worldwide attention for her fiery speech at the U.N., where she accused world leaders of stealing her dreams and childhood with their inaction on climate change.

“Entire ecosystems are collapsing. 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!” she asked at the U.N. in September.

“The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say — we will never forgive you.”

Thunberg says the Global Climate Strike is ‘much bigger’ than skipping school“I think this is something very big that is growing, and it will not stop.”

Greta Thunberg was named Time magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year. She is youngest figure to receive the distinction in its 92-year history.

“She became the biggest voice on the biggest issue facing the planet this year, coming from essentially nowhere to lead a worldwide movement,” Time Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal said at the announcement on Wednesday.

 

Greta Thunberg speaks at climate summit after being named Time Person of the Year 2019

Thunberg, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at a young age, heard about climate change at 8 years old and said she became instantly concerned to the point that she plunged into depression over it, CNBC News reports.

“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 2018 Ted Talk.

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