New York: A 16-year-old Swede, Greta Thunberg, who is an environmental activist on climate change whose campaigning has gained international recognition, has been named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019.
Thunberg launched a grassroots campaign aged 15 by skipping school every Friday to demonstrate outside Swedish parliament, pushing for her government to meet its ambitious goals to curb carbon emissions. Her actions quickly captured people’s imagination, and in September this year, millions of people took to the streets in cities across the world to support her cause.
“In the 16 months since her protests began, she has addressed heads of state at the U.N., met with the Pope, sparred with the President of the United States and inspired 4 million people to join the global climate strike.”- the magazine said. She is the youngest individual to have won the honor.
Thunberg, who turns 17 in January, is currently in Madrid at a United Nations Climate Summit where world leaders are wrangling over how to implement a 2015 Paris agreement designed to avert potentially catastrophic global warming.
“It seems to have turned into some kind of opportunity for countries to negotiate loopholes and to avoid raising their ambition.” – she said on stage, drawing applause from an audience that included dozens of her supporters.
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, a longtime environmentalist, said the magazine made a “brilliant choice” in choosing the reluctant celebrity. Gore said Greta embodies the moral authority of the youth activist movement demanding to solve the climate crisis and also said she is an inspiration to him and to people across the world.
Source: The Republica