Greta Thunberg is Time’s Person of the Year

  • Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate activist, has been named Time’s Person of the Year
  • Thunberg started her climate strike when she st0pped school to camp out in front of the Swedish Parliament while holding out a banner that reads, “ School Strike for Climate”
  • She said she was a bit surprised that she received the title but dedicated it to young climate activists like her

Sixteen-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg was named Time’s Person of the Year.

Thunberg’s climate strike started when she skipped school August last year. She camped out in front of the Swedish Parliament holding out a banner that says, “School Strike for Climate.”

Image via Instagram | Greta Thunberg

Time said that 16 months since, she “addressed heads of state at the U.N., met with the Pope, sparred with the President of the United States and inspired 4 million people to join the global climate strike on September 20, 2019, in what was the largest climate demonstration in human history.”

“Along the way, she emerged as a standard bearer in a generational battle, an avatar of youth activists across the globe fighting for everything from gun control to democratic representation. Her global climate strike is the largest and most international of all the youth movements,” Time said.

Climate strike became a “thing,” and lexicographers at Collins Dictionary named it the word of the year after noticing a hundredfold increase in its usage.

Image via Instagram | Greta Thunberg

One of the most remarkable speeches of Thunberg happened at the U.N. Climate Action Summit last September.

There, she spilled her heart’s content and told world leaders that she will be watching them. “You have st0len my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering…Entire ecosystems are Collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extincti0n, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you,” she said.

Meanwhile, Associated Press said Thunberg who is in Madrid for the COP25 Climate Conference said she is “a bit surprised” that she was named Person of the Year, but she also dedicated it to young climate activists.

Sources: TIME, AP, NPR