Sweden’s 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg has been named the ‘Person of the Year’ of 2019 by the prestigious Time magazine. Greta came into the limelight this year when she accused powerful leaders around the world of failing to deal with greenhouse gas emissions and thus betraying the new generation.
UN Chief Antonio Guterres was also present at the event. Greta was also in the news when she refused to accept an environmental award. She said that the need in the climate campaign is that people in power should start following science instead of giving awards.
The magazine wrote on Greta being elected “Person of the Year” within a year a 16-year-old girl from Stockholm demonstrated outside her country’s parliament and then led a youth movement around the world. The magazine wrote that she got a chance to meet the United Nations Chief within such a short period of time, while his sources included the President of various countries as well as the Pope.
Time wrote, had led the ‘Friday for Future’ demonstration across Europe, while his ‘Your so dare’ speech in front of the most powerful leaders of the world at the United Nations was very much discussed. The magazine gave the reasoning behind granting this honor to Greta, saying, ‘Greta has emerged as the biggest voice on the biggest issue of this planet. Greta demands action saying that many measures are being taken in the wrong direction.
It is worth mentioning that in September, at the United Nations Climate Conference, Greta said in strong words that you have taken away my dreams and my childhood from your hollow words. People are suffering, people are dying, the whole ecology is collapsing.
We are on the verge of mass extinction and you are making talks about money and fictional stories of economic development. At a summit in Madrid on Wednesday, she accused rich countries of devising ways to avoid reducing greenhouse emissions and called their actions against climate change confusing.