Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old environmental activist from Sweden, has been named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019.
“She became the biggest voice on the biggest issue facing the planet this year, coming from essentially nowhere to lead a worldwide movement,” Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said. Thunberg is the magazine’s youngest choice ever to be named Person of the Year.
He also said that Thunberg “represents a broader generational shift in the culture” — with youth standing up for what they believe in — from Hong Kong to Chile.”
“Young people are demanding change, and urgently,” he said. “She embodies youth activism.”
Congratulations to Thunberg and to Time for recognizing the planet’s most urgent problem and the increasingly important influence of our younger generation.
(And incidentally, what a great cover photo. Youth and determination, head up, looking to the future.)