When she first started skipping school on Friday to protest climate change, Greta Thunberg stood alone. Now, the 16-year-old environmental activist has been named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, making her the youngest person to ever receive the title, and has students all over the world marching to raise awareness of the climate crisis in what’s now known as #FridaysForFuture.
Time’s annual Person of the Year issue celebrates a person or people that have greatly influenced the year’s events, and we’d say Greta did just that. The Swedish student not only influenced the Word of the Year, but addressed world leaders at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, and was nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.
She beat runners-up Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, The Hong Kong Protesters, the Trump-Ukraine whistle-blower and US President Donald Trump (though we have no idea why he was shortlisted).
Greta is one of only five individual women to have been named Person of the Year, one of which was Queen Elizabeth II, and is nine years younger than the previous record holder for the youngest recipient. We’d say this has definitely been Greta’s year, and we have a feeling 2020 will be too.