Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swede who inspired millions of young people to take action against climate change, has been named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019.
Thunberg began a campaign aged 15 by skipping school every Friday to demonstrate outside the Swedish Parliament, pushing for her government to meet its ambitious goals to curb carbon emissions.
Her actions quickly captured the world’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 UN, met with the Pope, sparred with the President of the United States and inspired four million people to join the global climate strike,” Time Magazine said.
She is the youngest individual to have won the accolade.