Young Activist Named TIME “Person of the Year”  


The Guardian

Climate activist Greta Thunberg is TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year.

  Greta Thunberg, Swedish sixteen-year-old climate activist is TIME Magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year—the youngest ever to receive the title. Thunberg became an advocate for change in 2018 when she began skipping school in protest of a continued disregard for the environment by both her nation, and the world at large. Her protests inspired a global movement which led to the largest climate strike in history—with 4 million participants—on September 20 of this year. 

  Thunberg has become a frontwoman for the world’s climate change movement. The activist speaks to many world leaders, including the Pope and the President of the United States, and she even made an appearance at the United Nations’ 2019 Climate Change Conference where she addressed powerful world leaders, saying  “you have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words and yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!” This statement made headlines everywhere as an outcry for change.  

  Recently, U.S. President Donald Trump insulted Thunberg in a tweet, saying “Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!” The tweet led to continued twitter controversy between Trump supporters and environmentalists. 

  Though the year is winding down, Thunberg’s movement is doing no such thing. Climate protests are planned to continue into 2020, and the fight for change is set to continue throughout the new year. Thunberg says the younger generation is being forced to act on its elders’ mistakes in order to save the earth.