Inspirational Person of the Year
To close up the year we thought it would be remiss not to highlight the extraordinary work of Greta Thunberg. The Swedish schoolgirl, who has inspired a global movement to fight climate change, has been named Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2019. After she was pictured outside the Swedish parliament building with her 'School Strike for Climate Change' sign, the teenager's protests went viral on social media.
As support for her cause grew, other strikes started around the world, and the message spread with the hashtag #FridaysForFuture. By December 2018, more than 20,000 students around the world had joined her in countries including Australia, UK, Belgium, USA and Japan. Greta was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and in September 2019 she addressed the UN Climate Action Summit in New York. On her Time magazine recognition, Greta said that she was "a bit surprised" by the award, and added she wanted to dedicate it to all young activists.
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