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Greta Thunberg named as Time’s person of the year

December 13, 2019 | 10:46 IST | Editorial |

The teen activist from Sweden, Greta Thunberg, who has urged immediate action to address a global climate crisis, was named Time magazine’s person of the year for 2019 on Wednesday. She is the youngest person to have ever received the accolade.

Greta, 16, shook the nation by starting a movement against the climate and environmental changes. Initially, she was alone, fighting before the Sweden Parliament. Within months, this became a global movement.

“In the 16 months since, she has addressed heads of state at the UN, 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.