“We can’t just continue living as if there was no tomorrow, because there is a tomorrow"
Unless you’ve been living under a rock this past year, you would have heard the name Greta Thunberg uttered once or twice.
Well, the Swedish teenager has only just gone and been named as TIME magazine’s ‘Person Of The Year’ 2019, and if that doesn’t make you feel under accomplished then I don’t know what will.
But, it’s an absolutely fair title, as Greta has been making headlines across the world this last year since launching her school strike for the climate movement, urging young people alike to take to their streets and demand governments to take action on climate change.
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This was the year the climate crisis went from behind the curtain to center stage, from ambient political noise to squarely on the world's agenda, and no one did more to make that happen than @gretathunberg. Meaningful change rarely happens without the galvanizing force of influential individuals, writes editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal, and in 2019, the earth's existential crisis found one in Thunberg. For that reason, she is TIME's 2019 Person of the Year. Read more about the #TIMEPOY choice at the link in bio. Photograph by @evgenia_arbugaeva for TIME; Video by @maxim_arbugaev for TIME
On the Time cover, Greta is pictured with the slogan ‘The Power Of Youth’, giving an interview in the edition, Greta said:
“We can’t just continue living as if there was no tomorrow, because there is a tomorrow. That is all we are saying,”
Speaking about the day that Greta decided to try and change the world, TIME said:
“Just over a year ago, a quiet and mostly friendless teenager woke up, put on her blue hoodie, and sat by herself for hours in an act of singular defiance.”
Continuing they said:
“Fourteen months later, she had become the voice of millions, a symbol of a rising global rebellion. The politics of climate action are as entrenched and complex as the phenomenon itself.”
TIME’S ‘Person Of The year’ has been announced annually since 1927, and includes people like Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg, so 16 year old Greta slots in quite nicely, becoming the youngest person to ever be given the title.