Greta Thunberg, the young Swedish climate change activist has been named TIME’s Person Of The Year for 2019 after she inspired millions of people across the globe.
The 16-year-old became even more famous with her fierce UN Summit speech, when she took the issue with world leaders, including politicians and owners of big companies.
Even though it seems like the Swedish activist made a name for herself rather quickly, she’s been demanding action for much longer.
Edward Felsenthal, TIME’s editor-in-chief wrote in an article explaining why Thunberg has been named as the Person of the Year that when Greta first heard about global warming as an 8-year-old, she thought: ‘That can’t be happening, because if that were happening, then the politicians would be taking care of it’.
What’s fascinating is that it was precisely that thought that motivated her to act.
Greta Thunberg is officially the youngest person ever named TIME’s Person of the Year, and Felsenthal noted that she demands action, and even though there are too many key measures still moving in the wrong direction, there are signs that action is coming.