On 11 December, Wednesday Time magazine revealed 16-year-old Swedish climate activist and the writer of “No One is Too Small to Make a Difference” Greta Thunberg as the Person of the Year. “Thunberg has become the biggest voice on the biggest issue facing the planet”, Time describes Thunberg in its cover story.
This teenage girl from Stockholm went from the school to the United Nation’s conference addressing the world’s leaders. More than a year, Thunberg is in the news for the demand for leaders of the world of taking action on global warming and the pollution that is harming the climate. She started the protest when she was about 15 with a handwritten slogan on board saying “skolstrejk för klimatet” outside the parliament of Sweden on every Friday of the week. This action of her garnered thousands of students across Europe to protest for climate justice and started the “Fridays for Future” movement.
Her protest also inspired people from more than 150 nations to protest on behalf of the climate that we are polluting. In September 2019, millions of people took the streets demanding climate change.
According to Time’s cover story, Thunberg heard about global warming when she was an 8-year-old girl but she didn’t believe it because she thought “That can’t be happening, because if that were happening, then the politicians would be taking care of it.” Then she faced reality and began the change from herself. She called off the meat and airplane journey.
This 18-year-old activist took the boar with zero-emission to New York to attend the United Nations Climate Action Summit. She met most of the world leaders there. Her speech to the UN leaders went by “we will not forgive you” and blamed the world leader for taking prominent action for climate change. Her emotionally fueled speech accused all the leaders of “stealing her dreams” with “empty promises”. “People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are at the beginning of mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you.”
Despite being the target of trolls for her old and photoshopped photographs she ain’t stopping. She is looking forward to the bright futures for the whole world and the legacy that we are going to leave for the future generation. For all his activism and protest she earned the nomination for Nobel Prize in March this year but lost to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali, she becomes the youngest person to get nominated for this pristine award.
According to CNN and CNBC, other finalists for the Time’s person of the year included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The US President Donald Trump, The protestors in Hong Kong, and an unknown CIA officer whose reports prompted the Trump impeachment inquiry.
Time leaves out the Hong Kong Protesters fighting for their lives and freedoms to push a teen being used as a marketing gimmick.
How dare you? https://t.co/dnV9mESM6G
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 11, 2019
The son of the President, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted “Time leaves out the Hong Kong Protesters fighting for their lives and freedoms to push a teen being used as a marketing gimmick. How dare you?” While the president has encouraged the efforts of the young girl and he tweeted “she looks like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!” regarding her speech at the UN.