She beat out President Donald Trump, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the whistleblower in the Ukraine scandal and the collective group of Hong Kong protesters for the coveted and powerful title of Time’s person of the year for 2019. Up against established, career-driven adults and large bodies of people, it was 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg that was deemed most deserving of the influential title.
Standing alongside Greta is the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team (athlete of the year), Lizzo (entertainer of the year). CEO of Disney Bob Iger (businessperson of the year) and the Public Servants (guardians of the year).
Greta became a household name through her tough and poignant attacks on legislators and government officials regarding numerous countries’ lack of urgency surrounding climate change. Her public servitude began in the late summer of 2018 when she publically skipped school to protest the Swedish Parliament to push for progressive climate change. Since, she has inspired world-wide school protests, met with countless international officials, and brought a dire level of attention to the climate crisis that wasn’t previously there.
It’s no surprise that she’s in impressive company with her predecessors. Past winners of the elusive title include the Ebola doctors, the women who started the #metoo movement, Barack Obama, and Mark Zuckerberg. She is by far the youngest person to ever receive the title.