Greta Thunberg: Time’s Person of the Year

Thunberg, only 16, has inspired a whole generation of young people to campaign for the environment.

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Cover of Time Magazine, featuring 2019’s Person of the Year Greta Thunberg.

Gillian Snyder, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Time Magazine has named young climate activist Greta Thunberg as Person of the Year for 2019. Thunberg began making waves in August 2018 when she skipped school to protest climate change outside of the Swedish Parliament in her home town of Stockholm. Since then, she has become the face of climate activism, speaking in front of the United Nations and meeting with many influential people.

Thunberg, only 16, has inspired a whole generation of young people to campaign for the environment. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, President Trump, the Ukraine whistle-blower and the Hong Kong protesters were also in the running for Time’s Person of the Year. Thunberg’s reception of the honor reflects the changing mindsets and increasing involvement of younger generations.

Thunberg is the youngest person ever to be named Person of the Year. Edward Felsenthal, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, praised her for “sounding the alarm about humanity’s predatory relationship with the only home we have, for bringing to a fragmented world a voice that transcends backgrounds and borders” and for “showing us all what it might look like when a new generation leads.”

When informed of her accomplishment, Thunberg said she was “a bit surprised.” She dedicates this honor to other young activists around the world.