STOCKHOLM: Climate change activist Greta Thunberg has been chosen by TIME magazine as the person of the year. At the age of 16, this Swedish activist is the youngest person to receive the title.
She received global attention when she was seen doing a solo protest against climate change outside her country’s parliament after skipping school.
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This was the year the climate crisis went from behind the curtain to center stage, from ambient political noise to squarely on the world's agenda, and no one did more to make that happen than @gretathunberg. Meaningful change rarely happens without the galvanizing force of influential individuals, writes editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal, and in 2019, the earth's existential crisis found one in Thunberg. For that reason, she is TIME's 2019 Person of the Year. Read more about the #TIMEPOY choice at the link in bio. Photograph by @evgenia_arbugaeva for TIME; Video by @maxim_arbugaev for TIME
Thunberg's fight was applauded by many who joined her fight against climate change. At the same time, she received several criticisms from world leaders including the likes of Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Jair Bolsonaro.
Reacting to the choice made by the US-based magazine, Greta said that she is surprised by the achievement and but she feels grateful.
Greta's voice brought the climate change crisis before the world leaders and she wants them to take action. She has often cited complex studies to recognise climate change, why it is happening and solutions.
She opined that the real climate emergency is that the politicians and CEOs are making it look like real action is happening but actually they do nothing.
Greta is glad that there is a movement by the youth across the globe to fight against climate change and related issues.
Her speech at the United Nations General Assembly was well received.
TIME named journalists last year including Jamal Khashoggi, the staff of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland who was killed along with Maria Ressa and Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.
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Greta Thunberg speaks quietly but forcefully, articulating the palpable sense of injustice that often seems obvious to the very young: adults, by refusing to act in the face of extraordinary crisis, are being foolish at best, and corrupt at worst. To those who share her fear, @gretathunberg's blunt honesty is cathartic. To those who don’t, it feels threatening. She refuses to use the language of hope; her sharpest weapon is shame. In September, speaking to heads of state ahead of the @unitednations General Assembly, Thunberg pulled no punches: “We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth,” she said. “How dare you.” In this photograph, Thunberg writes in her journal on the train as she travels from Lisbon to Madrid for the current U.N. climate conference. Read more at the link in bio. #TIMEPOY Photograph by @evgenia_arbugaeva for TIME