Swedish Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Named Time's 2019 Person of the Year

© AP Photo / Jeenah MoonGreta Thunberg pauses as she speaks at the Society for Ethical Culture, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 in New York
Greta Thunberg pauses as she speaks at the Society for Ethical Culture, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 in New York - Sputnik International
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The Swedish teen gained fame this year for her impassioned “How Dare You?” address to world leaders on the issue of climate change. While she became an environmental activist idol for some people, she also provoked quite a lot of ire, being regarded by some as a pawn in a bigger game.

Sixteen-year-old environmentalist Greta Thunberg has been named Time's Person of the Year 2019, according to the magazine's Twitter.

She has become the youngest Person of the Year to be printed on the cover of the magazine in its 92-year history.

TIME editor in chief Edward Felsenthal said on TODAY that Thunberg had turned into "the biggest voice on the biggest issue facing the planet this year, coming from essentially nowhere to lead a worldwide movement".

Some Internet users rushed to congratulate the young girl on her achievement.

Others, however, were less than pleased with the magazine's choice.​

Earlier this day, Swedish teen eco-activist Greta Thunberg accused world politicians of doing "creative PR" instead of taking real steps toward fighting climate change. The eco-activist stressed that mere intentions were not enough to fight climate change, and it was crucially important to strictly comply with given commitments to make progress. 

The teen has become the face of a youth environmental activism movement inspired by her skipping classes every Friday to protest in front of the Swedish parliament building for better environmental policies.

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