Time magazine has named Greta Thunberg, a Swedish climate crisis activist, as its person of the year.
Thunberg, 16, is the youngest person to be so recognized. She gained international attention for criticizing world leaders for their inaction in the climate crisis in her speech made at the UN Climate Action Summit in September. She also criticized world leaders again at the COP 25 conference which held last week.
Every year, Time magazine features the most influential person, group, movement or idea of the previous 12 months. Last year, it was “The Guardians,” a group of journalists who have been targeted or assaulted for their work. In 2017, it was “The Silence Breakers,” the group of people who came forward to report sexual misconduct and popularized the #MeToo Movement. This marks the third year in a row in which Time has named a person who is not a world leader.
The last world leader that was Time’s Person of the year was United States President Donald Trump in 2016.