The Swedish schoolgirl who inspired a global movement to fight climate change

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Greta Thunberg – the Swedish schoolgirl who inspired a global movement to fight climate change – has been named Time magazine’s ‘Person of the Year for 2019’.

The 16-year-old is the youngest person to be chosen by the magazine, in a tradition that started in 1927.

Shortly before the announcement, she told a UN climate change summit in Madrid that the next decade would define the planet’s future.

Last year, the teenager started an environmental strike, by missing lessons at school on most Fridays, to protest outside the Swedish parliament building.
It sparked a worldwide movement that became popular with the hash-tag ‘#FridaysForFuture’.
Since then, she has become a strong voice for action on climate change, inspiring millions of students to join protests around the world.
Earlier this year, she was nominated as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Announcing the Time Magazine’s decision, Editor-in-Chief: Edward Felsenthal said: Greta Thunberg became the “biggest voice” on the “biggest issue” facing the planet this year; coming from essentially “nowhere”, to lead a “worldwide” movement.

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