Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Is TIMEs Person of the Year – Futurism

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Every year since 1927, TIME magazine has chosen one person, group, object, or idea that for better or for worse has done the most to influence the events of the year.

The list of past recipientsincludes a slew of presidents, monarchs, and religious leaders, as well as scientists, journalists, and even the computer itself.

And now, 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.

In August 2018, Thunberg began skipping school on Fridays so she could protest outside her nations Parliament, demanding it do more to address climate change. Her protest inspired other youths to demand action from their own governments, and soon, Thunbergwas the face of a global movement.

She symbolizes the agony, the frustration, the desperation, the anger at some level, the hope of many young people who wont even be of age to vote by the time their futures are doomed, Varshini Prakash, co-founder of the climate advocating Sunrise Movement, told TIME.

In the 16 months since Thunberg started striking for the climate, shes addressed the United Nations, met with Pope Francis, and urged every person in power whod listen to do more to protect the environment if not for themselves, then for the generations to come.

We cant just continue living as if there was no tomorrow, because there is a tomorrow, Thunberg told TIME. That is all we are saying.

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