Time Magazine announced that the teen climate change advocate, Greta Thunberg has been chosen as the 2019 Person Of The Year. According to Time, she won the award for speaking up about human’s predatory relationship with our planet by giving a fragmented world a voice that surpasses borders and backgrounds.
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She has shown us what our planet might look like when the next generation takes the lead.
Most people know her from last year when she formed a strike against climate change outside Sweden’s parliament, she was only 16 at the time. Since then, she has inspired millions to take up the cause and rally in over 150 countries.
Fighting back tears, she made a speech about climate change saying that we are at the beginning of a mass extinction while all you can do is talk about money and fairy tales about economic growth.
She went on, saying how dare you when science has made it all very clear. How dare you continue to turn away and then come here and say you have done enough, even though solutions and politics are nowhere to be found.
Thunberg attended the United Nations climate talks in Madrid and reacted to the news on Twitter. In September, she was asked by CBS This Morning how she found the confidence to speak up?
She said she just knows what is right and what should be done. She wanted to make sure everyone is doing anything they can and she would do everything she could to stop this crisis from taking place. She also told them she has Asperger’s, in the autism spectrum, so she really does not care about social codes that way.
She said her neurodiversity has given her an advantage because it makes you different and therefore you think differently, especially during a big crisis like this. Everyone needs to think outside the box and outside our current system. We need people who think outside the box and are not like everyone else.
Earlier on, Time released a list of finalists for Person of the Year, including Thunberg, President Trump, Nancy Pelosi, the infamous whistleblower, Rudy Giuliani, Megan Rupinoe, the soccer star, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, and the Hong Kong protesters.
Time magazine chosen People Of The Year included Jamal Khashoggi and other journalists, calling them the guardians.