Greta Thunberg named by Time Magazine as the person of the year 2019

Person of the year 2019

Greta Thunberg named by Time Magazine as the person of the year 2019

Greta Thunberg the Swedish environmental activist has become the Time Magazines person of the year for 2019. Ms Thunberg Who’s only 16 years old is the youngest to get this title since the tradition started in 1927.

Well known for her blunt and straightforward speaking manner  Thunberg first became known for her activism in August 2018 when, at age 15, she began spending her Fridays outside the Swedish parliament to call for stronger action on global warming by holding up a sign saying (in Swedish) “School strike for the climate”.  Soon other students also engaged in similar protests in their own communities.

protesting in front of swedish parliment

Greta Thunberg protesting at the age of 15

 

Students inspired by Thunberg

 

This sparked a worldwide movement called #FridaysForFuture. Since then she has inspired millions of students around the world to protest of protecting the environment.

She has also been Nominated to the Nobel Peace Price earlier this year. At the UN Climate Conference in New York this year she blasted politicians for relying on young people to find solutions for the climate changes.

You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. We’ll be watching you.

is what she told.

However not everyone well receives her message. Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro called her a “brat”. President Donald Trump had odds with her after rolling back many US climate laws. Russian president Vladmir Putin called her “kind but poorly informed teenager”.

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