Trailblazing environmental activist, Greta Thunberg, has been named as TIME’s person fo the year for 2019.
Her win has seen her make history as the youngest person ever to be awarded the impressive title – a record previously held by 25-year-old Charles Lindbergh in 1927.
— TIME (@TIME) December 11, 2019
The 16-year-old has made a significant impact this year for holding world leaders accountable for what she says is the “climate crisis.”
“For decades, researchers and activists have struggled to get world leaders to take the climate threat seriously. But this year, an unlikely teenager somehow got the world’s attention,” the magazine explained.
“She is an ordinary teenage girl who, in summoning the courage to speak truth to power, became the icon of a generation.”
The teen’s global climate change movement kicked off in August 2018, when she skipped school to camp outside the Swedish Parliament holding the now infamous sign reading “School Strike for Climate.”
Since, her school strike movement has grown on an enormous scale, with millions of people around the world taking to the streets to protest climate change.
One year and one month apart pic.twitter.com/f2URDOVFm2— Natalie Wolchover (@nattyover) September 20, 2019
In September, Thunberg made headlines for her blistering speech in which she addressed world leaders at the UN Climate Summit to highlight how the science behind climate change has been “crystal clear” for over 3 decades and to demand that action finally be taken.