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.
Congratulations on achieving such a great accomplishment at such a young age. Global warming (emergency) is a burning issue. Let's not forget after all we strive for improvement of humanity. The fight for freedom & democracy aligns with the fight for a better world to live in. pic.twitter.com/3npnNGuruf— Raptor Buzz 😷 (@RaptorBuzz) December 11, 2019
Brava Greta. I hope we all follow your lead.— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) December 11, 2019
Well deserved 🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿Brava brave brilliant and beautiful Greta.— Rosanna Arquette🌎✌🏼 (@RoArquette) December 11, 2019
Others, however, were less than pleased with the magazine's choice.
Oh yeah.. Well deserved. 😂 pic.twitter.com/jYE4hPLNbk— Manny B. Coronado (@mannybz) December 11, 2019
She basically does nothing except for her exaggerated emotion towards climate change & she offers no practical solutions for the governments on how to save the Earth. Why is she the person of the year? 😹😹😹 pic.twitter.com/CBIxCiMHwm— Bruce Wayne 😷🖐🏿 (@BruceWayne852) December 11, 2019
Lots of products with plastic materials! Oh wait, isn't she saying she's saving the planet? pic.twitter.com/1dhDD2sPhw— Bruce Wayne 😷🖐🏿 (@BruceWayne852) December 11, 2019
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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