Greta Thunberg Named Time’s 2019 Person of the Year

She is the youngest person to ever be given the title.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg has been named TIME Magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year.

The 16-year-old first garnered attention in August 2018, when she began skipping class to sit outside Swedish Parliament and demand action against climate change. This helped spark a global movement of young people demanding action against the global environmental crisis.

Thunberg has become an internationally recognized figure who has spoken at the United Nations and the World Economic Forum and she’s met everyone from former President Barack Obama to the Pope. She has received many accolades ahead of the TIME announcement, from having a new species of beetle named after her to winning a $50,000 climate award — which she turned down.

Recently, Thunberg attended the United Nations Climate Action Summit, and traveled to the U.S. to attend it on an emissions-free yacht — making a statement about the environmental impact of commercial travel.

Thunberg is the youngest person to ever receive TIME’s Person of the Year.

“Historically that has meant people who worked their way up the ladders of major organizations and were at home in the corridors of power,” TIME’s editor in chief Edward Felsenthal said. “But in this moment when so many traditional institutions seem to be failing us, amid staggering inequality and social upheaval and political paralysis, we are seeing new kinds of influence take hold.”

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