Time Magazine Call Greta Thunberg your person of the year 2019 on Wednesday.
This is the first time the magazine honors a teenager, who causes the 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist the youngest person to be named. The youngest recipient before Thunberg was Charles Lindbergh, 25, in 1927.
The award goes to the person or people who “most influenced the news and the world” last year.
On a short list of finalists were President Donald Trump, Mayor Nancy Pelosi, the anonymous whistleblower whose complaint triggered the impeachment inquiry and protesters confronting the Chinese government in Hong Kong.
Thunberg, who spoke before the United Nations Climate Action Summit this year, has become a symbol for young people around the world protesting inaction for climate change.
Time said it named Thunberg "to sound the alarm about humanity's predatory relationship with the only home we have, to bring to a fragmented world a voice that transcends background and boundaries" and "to show us all how it can be when a new generation leads. "
This is not the first time the magazine has chosen its Person of the Year as a nod to climate change. Time named Land in Danger as Person of the Year in 1988.
Thunberg conquered the world by organizing the Global Climate Strike in September, in which millions participated in a world strike.
Also in September, Greta gave a passionate speech before the United Nations Climate Action Summit, in which he blamed world leaders for not taking swift and decisive action to combat climate change.
"It's all wrong. I shouldn't be up here. I should be back at school across the ocean," she said.
"People are hurting, people are dying, whole ecosystems are collapsing … and all you talk about is money and eternal fairy tales about economic growth. How dare you?"
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In the United States, Thunberg participated in climate protests in New York; Iowa City, Iowa; Los Angeles; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Denver.
She also testified before Congress in September. Thunberg testified about the global climate crisis before a joint hearing of two House committees.
During the hearing, she received a simple message to US lawmakers: Do something.
Last year, Time named a group of journalists its person of the year in 2018. Collectively called "The guardians of the truth" The magazine published covers to honor each recipient, including Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist.
Contribution: Jeanine Santucci and Doyle Rice, USA TODAY; The Associated Press. Follow Adrianna Rodriguez on Twitter: @AdriannaUSAT.