Teenage Greta Thunberg: 5th Women to Bag Time ‘Person of the Year’ Title
The Swedish teenager, Greta Thunberg, who shook several world leaders by her speech at the UN Climate Action Summit in Madrid, has been titled “Person of the Year” by Time magazine.
At the UN Climate Change Summit, Thunberg lashed out at the world leaders, urging them to stop using “creative PR” to avoid real action. She added that the upcoming decade will define the planet’s future.
Besides being the youngest person honoured with the title, she is the fifth individual women in the history of the magazine. Till 1999, the award was labelled “Man of the year”. However, three individual women bagged it prior to that, namely, Wallis Simpson (1936), Queen Elizabeth II (1952) and Corazon Aquino (1986). Post that German Chancellor Angela Merkel received the title for leadership in the Greek debt crisis and European migrant crisis in 2015.
To express her delight on the news, the climate crisis activist took to Twitter saying, “Wow, this is unbelievable! I share this great honour with everyone in the #FridaysForFuture movement and climate activists everywhere.”
In 2018, Greta Thunberg missed her lessons most Fridays to protest outside the Swedish parliament building for starting an environmental strike. This led to a worldwide movement that became popular with the trending #FridaysForFuture.
Since that time, hers is viewed as a strong voice that has inspired millions of students to join protests around the world. She has also been nominated as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize 2019. Her now-famous speech stated, “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. We’ll be watching you.”
Despite thinking in the best interest of the world, the climate crisis activist has received some criticism from prominent conservative voices for showing concern against the violence done to people killed in the Amazon. The Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro termed her as a “pirralha”, meaning “brat”.
Speaking to the reporters in Brazil, Bolsonaro clarified, “Greta has said that the Indians died because they were defending the Amazon. It’s amazing that the press gives space to this kind of pirralha.” The quick-witted climate crisis activist changed her bio to “Pirralha” after that.
Currently, Greta Thunberg plans to visit Turin, Italy as she will be participating at an event of the environmentalist movement – ‘Fridays for Future’, that she has been promoting. She will be making a stop in the Piedmontese capital on her return journey from the UN Climate Change Conference, Cop25 for a climate strike in Italy.
Soon after the news came out, the mayor of Turin, Chiara Appendino greeted Greta Thunberg on her Twitter profile. She wrote, “Turin welcomes you, Greta. Thanks for your participation.”
Apart from the “Person of the Year”, Time also announced winners of several new categories. The US women soccer team won the ‘Athlete of the Year’, Lizzo won the ‘entertainer of the year’ and Disney CEO Bob Iger was announced the ’business person of the year’.
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