Time magazine has announced their 2019 Person of the Year, and it is none other than Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg.
The 16-year-old has made a splash this year through her efforts to positively affect the reversal of climate change. She is the youngest person to ever be named, with the previous record holder being 25-year-old Charles Lindbergh in 1927.
According to Time, the recognition goes to someone who “most influenced the news and the world during the last year.”
Thunberg has become an icon for youth worldwide in her endeavors with protesting climate change. Her efforts began in 2018 when she began a strike on school attendance in an attempt to have her opinions on climate change be heard at Swedish Parliament, reports Time.
Her persuasive ways have touched politicians and leaders from all over the globe, gradually making her mark as a pioneer when it comes to climate activism.
While speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Thunberg once said, “I want you to panic. I want you to feel the feat I feel every day. And then I want you to act.”
According to Time, she has become a “standard bearer in a generational battle, an avatar of youth activists across the globe fighting for everything from gun control to democratic representation.” The magazine added, “Her global climate strike is the largest and most international of all the youth movements, but it’s hardly the only one.”
Finalists also included President Donald Trump, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and the anonymous whistleblower who sparked an impeachment inquiry, and Hong Kong protestors of the Chinese government.