Greta Thunberg named Time’s Person of the Year for 2019

Posted by Gabrielle Jacobs on 11 December 2019

Young environmental activist Greta Thunberg has just been named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019.

The 16-year-old Thunberg has become Time Magazine’s youngest person to receive this accolade of sorts, awarded to someone who has influenced the world significantly in the past year. Time released a shortlist of contenders for the title, including US President Donald Trump and the Hong Kong protestors.

The teen from Sweden has been making headlines non-stop ever since she addressed the began missing school to attend climate changes marches, and famously addressed the UN Climate Change Summit in September this year.

Greta Thunberg photographed in Lisbon, Portugal for Time Magazine. Image: Evgenia Arbugaeva for TIME.

Famous, and at times unpopular, for taking global leaders to task in major public forums for their inaction on the topic of climate change and other environmental issues, the feisty teen has quickly become a household name, inspiring many other kids as well as adults to take action.

A global icon, Thunberg’s every move makes headlines – and waves. Just recently she arrived in Lisbon, Portugal in a catamaran after hitching a ride with sailors to attend the UN Climate Change Conference taking place currently in Madrid, Spain until 13 December.

‘We can’t just continue living as if there was no tomorrow, because there is a tomorrow,’ Greta told Time, tugging on the sleeve of her blue sweatshirt. ‘That is all we are saying.’

Featured image by Evgenia Arbugaeva for TIME.

 






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