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World Why TIME Chose Greta Thunberg as the 2019 Person of the Year

15:26  11 december  2019
15:26  11 december  2019 Source:   time.com

Activist Thunberg completes intercontinental dash to Madrid climate summit

  Activist Thunberg completes intercontinental dash to Madrid climate summit Activist Thunberg completes intercontinental dash to Madrid climate summitIn just over a year, Thunberg has inspired younger protesters in a global movement demanding action to slow the atmospheric warming that climate scientists say could ultimately endanger the survival of industrial societies.

TIME 's Editor-in-Chief explains why climate activist Greta Thunberg was chosen as the 2019 Person of the Year .

Greta Thunberg has succeeded in turning vague anxieties about the planet into a worldwide movement calling for global change.

TIME's Editor-in-Chief explains why climate activist Greta Thunberg was chosen as the 2019 Person of the Year.

It began with a story line familiar to every parent of every generation in every corner of the globe: an indignant teenager and a sudden burst of rebellion. It became one of the most unlikely and surely one of the swiftest ascents to global influence in history. Over the course of little more than a year, a 16-year-old from Stockholm went from a solitary protest on the cobblestones outside her country’s Parliament to leading a worldwide youth movement; from a schoolkid conjugating verbs in French class to meeting with the Secretary-General of the United Nations and receiving audiences with Presidents and the Pope; from a solo demonstrator with a hand-painted slogan (Skolstrejk för Klimatet) to inspiring millions of people across more than 150 countries to take to the streets on behalf of the planet we share.

Greta Thunberg Is TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year

  Greta Thunberg Is TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year Greta Thunberg has succeeded in turning vague anxieties about the planet into a worldwide movement calling for global change“We can’t just continue living as if there was no tomorrow, because there is a tomorrow,” she says, tugging on the sleeve of her blue sweatshirt. “That is all we are saying.

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Greta Thunberg is a huge inspiration to me as she sparked an un-ignorable global movement that has mobilized millions of young people to hold our world leaders accountable and demand real action to stymie the climate crisis. There is no one more deserving of 2019 Time Person of the Year than Greta .

Meaningful change rarely happens without the galvanizing force of influential individuals, and in 2019, the earth’s existential crisis found one in Greta Thunberg. Marshaling “Fridays for Future” protests throughout Europe; thundering, “How dare you!” at the world’s most powerful leaders in her viral U.N. speech; leading some 7 million climate strikers across the world in September and tens of thousands more in Madrid in early December, Thunberg has become the biggest voice on the biggest issue facing the planet—and the avatar of a broader generational shift in our culture that is playing out everywhere from the campuses of Hong Kong to the halls of Congress in Washington.

As Isabella Prata, the mother of two climate strikers in São Paulo, puts it, “Greta is an image of all of this generation.”

Time names climate activist Greta Thunberg its Person of the Year

  Time names climate activist Greta Thunberg its Person of the Year At 16, Thunberg is the youngest person to be named Time's Person of the Year.The magazine first selected a Person of the Year in 1927. Last year, it named The Guardians and the War on Truth, a collection of journalists and a news organization that did their jobs despite great personal cost. In 2017, Time chose The Silence Breakers as its Person of the Year, which included people who spoke up against sexual assault and harassment.

Related video: Greta Thunberg on Donald Trump. Time Person of the Year 2019 : Greta Thunberg , Trump and Pelosi nominated for prize. Last year it chose a group of persecuted journalists including Jamal Khashoggi, the murdered Saudi dissident and Washington Post reporter.

Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg FRSGS (born 3 January 2003) is a Swedish environmental activist on climate change whose campaigning has gained international recognition.

a person standing posing for the camera: Climate activist Greta Thunberg photographed on the shore in Lisbon, Portugal December 4, 2019 | Photograph by Evgenia Arbugaeva for TIME© Photograph by Evgenia Arbugaeva for TIME Climate activist Greta Thunberg photographed on the shore in Lisbon, Portugal December 4, 2019 | Photograph by Evgenia Arbugaeva for TIME

Thunberg demands action, and though far too many key measures are still moving in the wrong direction, there are nascent signs that action is coming. Corporate commitments to sustainable growth and net-zero emissions are on the rise. More than 60 countries have pledged to have a net carbon footprint of zero by 2050. American primary voters, especially in states beset by wildfires and flooding, are suddenly giving presidential candidates an earful on climate change. In Austria’s September elections, the Green Party more than tripled its support at the expense of the Social Democrats, a development a leader of the Social Democrats attributed to Thunberg—just before he resigned. Even as China burns half the world’s coal, it too is changing. It’s now home to roughly 45% of the electric cars and 99% of the electric buses in the world.

Why TIME Chose Greta Thunberg as the 2019 Person of the Year

  Why TIME Chose Greta Thunberg as the 2019 Person of the Year TIME's Editor-in-Chief explains why climate activist Greta Thunberg was chosen as the 2019 Person of the Year. It began with a story line familiar to every parent of every generation in every corner of the globe: an indignant teenager and a sudden burst of rebellion. It became one of the most unlikely and surely one of the swiftest ascents to global influence in history.

Greta Thunberg is a reminder that the young people who are inheritin g dysfunctional governments, broken economies and an increasingly unlivable planet know just how much the adults have failed them.

RSS TIME Apps TIME for Kids Advertising Reprints and Permissions Site Map Help Customer Glimmers of the surreal outside world appear occasionally— Thunberg has had the peculiar I end my week with Thunberg as she participates in a strike outside the Swedish Parliament on a sunny Friday

Thunberg stands on the shoulders—and at the side—of hundreds of thousands of others who’ve been blockading the streets and settling the science, many of them since before she was born. She is also the first to note that her privileged background makes her “one of the lucky ones,” as she puts it, in a crisis that disproportionately affects poor and indigenous communities. But this was the year the climate crisis went from behind the curtain to center stage, from ambient political noise to squarely on the world’s agenda, and no one did more to make that happen than Thunberg.

It is not a moment too soon: emissions would need to start falling next year by 7.6% annually and continue at that rate for a decade in order for the world to have any chance of hitting the widely accepted targets for stopping global warming. Thunberg’s wake-up call is a necessary jolt. It is up to us all to meet it with solutions.

a group of people standing in front of a large city© Eric Demers—Polaris That Thunberg is the youngest individual ever named TIME’s Person of the Year says as much about the moment as it does about her. The 92-year-old franchise is rooted in the so-called Great Man theory of history, the notion that powerful individuals shape the world. Historically that has meant people who worked their way up the ladders of major organizations and were at home in the corridors of power. But in this moment when so many traditional institutions seem to be failing us, amid staggering inequality and social upheaval and political paralysis, we are seeing new kinds of influence take hold. It is wielded by people like Thunberg, leaders with a cause and a phone who don’t fit the old rubrics but who connect with us in ways that institutions can’t and perhaps never could.

'Jury is out': Some climate hawks question whether Greta Thunberg phenomenon will help curb emissions

  'Jury is out': Some climate hawks question whether Greta Thunberg phenomenon will help curb emissions Some climate change hawks are questioning whether the brand of outraged activism trademarked by newly minted Time “Person of the Year” Greta Thunberg will prove effective in inspiring policy to curb emissions. “I’m not sure that Time magazine elevating her further is helpful in achieving our shared goal of mitigating the most harmful effects of climate change,” said Shane Skelton, who runs the consulting group S2C Pacific. “I admire her passion and the lengths she’s gone to in promoting what is a very important cause,” said Skelton, a former energy and climate policy aide to former House Speaker Paul Ryan.

When she first heard about global warming as an 8-year-old, Thunberg says she thought, “That can’t be happening, because if that were happening, then the politicians would be taking care of it.” That they weren’t is precisely what motivated her to act, as it has youth the world over who are forcing us to confront the peril of our own inaction, from the student-led protests on the streets of Santiago, Chile, to the young democracy activists fighting for rights and representation in Hong Kong to the high schoolers from Parkland, Fla., whose march against gun violence Thunberg cites as an inspiration for her climate strikes.

“I’d like to tell my grandchildren that we did everything we could,” she told TIME from the coast of Virginia in mid-November, as she prepared to cross the Atlantic by sailboat, “and we did it for them and for the generations to come.”

For sounding the alarm about humanity’s predatory relationship with the only home we have, for bringing to a fragmented world a voice that transcends backgrounds and borders, for showing us all what it might look like when a new generation leads, Greta Thunberg is TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year.

Greta Thunburg Documentary Set At Hulu, Chronicling Climate Activist’s Global Rise .
EXCLUSIVE: Sixteen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg is the subject of Greta (working title), an original documentary, which will premiere on Hulu in 2020. The documentary is produced by Cecilia Nessen and Frederik Heinig via B-Reel Films and directed by Nathan Grossman. In August of 2018, Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old student in Sweden starts a school strike for the climate. Her question for adults: if you don’t care about my future on earth, why should I care about my future in school? Within months, her strike evolves into a global movement. Greta, a quiet Swedish girl on the autism spectrum becomes a world famous activist.

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