Greta Thunberg named Time Person of the Year

Activist covers the magazine with a photograph taken at the Lisbon coast on December 4th, 2019.

Greta Thunberg was selected as a Person of the Year by Time magazine, under the title “The Power of Youth.”

The Swedish activist has been known to have started a global movement to combat climate change.

In 2018, the 16-year-old girl skipped classes to camp in front of the Swedish parliament, holding a sign reading “Skolstrejk för klimatet” (“School Strike for Climate”).

For the next 16 months, she spoke with UN heads of state, met with the Pope, was angry with the President of the United States, and inspired 4 million people to join the global climate strike on September 20th 2019, in what has become the largest climate demonstration in history.

For Time, Greta Thunberg “managed to create a global attitude change” by organizing a worldwide movement that calls for urgent changes.

“She appealed to those who are willing to act and embarrassed those who are not,” says the magazine, noting that Greta Thunberg has managed to convince several world leaders, from mayors of the cities to countries presidents, to make concrete commitments.

Last week, the young activist was in Lisbon, after crossing the Atlantic on a catamaran, on her way to Madrid, where she participated in the March on Climate.

The Swedish environmentalist was a favorite to win this year’s Nobel Prize, according to online bookmakers, in a year when the list of potential laureates was the fourth longest ever, with 301 candidates.