Climate Activist Greta Thunberg is TIME’s Person of the Year

Greta Thunberg, the teen activist from Sweden who has urged immediate action to address a global climate crisis, was named Time Magazine‘s Person of the Year for 2019 on Wednesday.

Thunberg, 16, was lauded by Time for starting an environmental campaign in August 2018 which became a global movement, initially skipping school and camping out in front of the Swedish Parliament to demand action.

“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,” the magazine said.

“Margaret Atwood compared her to Joan of Arc. After noticing a hundredfold increase in its usage, lexicographers at Collins Dictionary named Thunberg’s pioneering idea, climate strike, the word of the year,” Time said.

Thunberg, who turns 17 in January, continues to beat the drum, saying in Madrid last week that the voices of climate strikers are being heard but politicians are still not taking action.

The activist addressed the latest round of U.N. climate talks in Madrid Wednesday morning, bluntly criticizing world leaders for “negotiating loopholes” and using creating PR to make it appear they are achieving bold climate targets.

But the reluctant celebrity, who has been chased by cameras and attracted large crowds at the Madrid conference, has urged the press to hear from other activists and indigenous youth instead.

Former Vice President Al Gore, a longtime environmentalist, said the magazine made a “brilliant choice.”

“Greta embodies the moral authority of the youth activist movement demanding that we act immediately to solve the climate crisis. She is an inspiration to me and to people across the world,” Gore said.

Other nominees for person of the year included President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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Tess
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Another young puppet of the liberal extremists. She reminds me of David Hogg.

banstan
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philly-“Trump was Time Person of the Year in 2016–for real.” Still haven’t gotten over it, which is obvious to EVERYONE, have you philly? I find it hilarious that you would bring up a cover that was meant as a joke. TDS AND D-K must be an awful burden for you.

Phyllis Softa
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Bill Hissan, Just a few of the Time Person of the Year that you missed from a magazine that you perceive as “the official publication of the communist party.” Ronald Reagan in 1983, Newt Gingrich in 1995, GW Bush in 2001 and 2004, Rudy Giuliani in 2001 AND Donald J Trump in 2016!! Are you contending that these men are recognized by the “communist party”? Trump posted in his golf course clubhouses a fake March 1, 2009.Time cover of him being named Person of the Year. ARE you asserting that Trump was attempting to promote himself as recognized by “the… Read more »

Phyllis Softa
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I am not going out on a limb here predicting that the majority of IJR readers would be happier with Greta beating out Trump than they would be if the Time staff had selected others on the list, i.e. Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, or Elizabeth Warren.

Mark Schlesinger
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Hitler also won this glorious prize. So did Obummer.

Mark Schlesinger
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I have no time to read Slime.

Lee Shafer
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STUPID LITTLE TWERP! SPANK THIS BRAT SOMEBODY!

Pumpkin Cary
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Pumpkin Cary

Time Magazines has run out of Time.
Just a another nothing waste of paper and or TREES.

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