Given her enormous implication and devotion to climate change at only 16 years old, Greta Thunberg: Time magazine names her ”Person of the Year”. Thunberg is a Swedish climate crisis activist who has been traveling across Europe, North America and South America in only zero-gas-consumption vehicles in the last year to promote a strong message: change needs to happen now to save our planet, its nature, animals and us, humans.
Greta Thunberg is the youngest individual to be recognized by Times magazine in this category. She gained tremendous attention and notoriety for accusing world leaders to be inactive facing climate crisis and rather focusing on economic growth at all costs, even our own survival and the planet’s future. She made a speech at the UN Climate Action Summit in September that quickly became viral. At the COP25 conference just last week, she criticized the world leaders again for their wrongdoing.
Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal explains this choice by saying: ”Thunberg has become the biggest voice on the biggest issue facing the planet-and the avatar of a broader generational shift in our culture that is playing out everywhere from the campuses of Hong Kong to the halls of Congress in Washington.”
The idea behind ”Person of the Year” is to feature the most influential person or group of people or movement in the last 12 months. For instance, last year it was ”The Guardians”, a group of journalists who had been targeted for sexual assault in the explosive ”#Metoo” movement. President Donald Trump was named in 2016, while Germany chancellor Angela Merkel was named the year before.
This is the third consecutive year that a person that is not in politics is on the cover of the Time magazine for ”Person of the Year”. Past persons to be on the cover for the same reason also include Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Ayatollah Khomeini!
To further explain their choice they added that: ”She was a solo protestor with a hand-painted sign 14 months ago. She’s now led millions of people around the world, 150 countries, to act on behalf of the planet”. This is not the first award that Greta Thunberg receives this year and although she is honored to receive these kinds of awards, she also explained in the past that her focus is truly changing things and that awards will not bring that change directly, she remains humbled by it though.
Did you hear who Time Magazine made person of the year? Its Greta Thunberg. I guess I should have seen that coming. Dana Perino even predicted it. I think it’s great!