Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg has been named by TIME magazine as its ‘Person of the Year’ for 2019.
Thunberg, who is 16 years old, has gained worldwide praise and criticism for her obsession with climate change. As Fox News reports:
The 16-year-old Thunberg has gained worldwide exposure for raising awareness of climate change and is now the youngest individual to ever be named TIME’s “Person of the Year.”
She became a sensation last summer by sailing across the Atlantic from England to New York and speaking at the United Nations. Since then, Thunberg has traveled around the world advocating for climate change awareness and action.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) December 11, 2019
Thunberg and President Trump, who was named “Person of the Year” in 2016, were among the finalists along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Women’s World Cup champion Megan Rapinoe and the anonymous whistleblower who helped ignite the ongoing impeachment inquiry.
Time leaves out the Hong Kong Protesters fighting for their lives and freedoms to push a teen being used as a marketing gimmick.
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— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 11, 2019
“Thunberg began a global movement by skipping school: starting in August 2018, she spent her days camped out in front of the Swedish Parliament, holding a sign painted in black letters on a white background that read Skolstrejk för klimatet: ‘School Strike for Climate,’” TIME wrote. “In the 16 months since, she has 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.”
TIME has become a struggling publication in recent years with its ‘Person of the Year’ feature being its last link to relevance.
Others who have held the title in the past include: Iranian dictator Ayatollah Khomeini, Joseph Stalin, and Adolph Hitler.