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Teen Activist Greta Thunberg Is 'Time' Magazine's 2019 Person Of The Year

'We can't just continue living as if there was no tomorrow because there is a tomorrow.'

Time Magazine has revealed their 2019 Person of the Year: Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish activist known for her “climate strikes” and powerful speeches. 

You’ll recall that Greta delivered a rousing speech at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in September. Addressing world leaders, she said, “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I'm one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”

Greta’s activism began in August 2018 when she started skipping school on Fridays to hold a climate strike by herself in front of the Swedish Parliament. Since then, she has sparked a global movement and met with world leaders and policy makers. 

Time wrote, “She is an ordinary teenage girl who, in summoning the courage to speak truth to power, became the icon of a generation. By clarifying an abstract danger with piercing outrage, Thunberg became the most compelling voice on the most important issue facing the planet.”

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Greta has been mocked for her age, gender, and Asperger’s syndrome, which means she sees, hears, and feels differently than others do. Time wrote, “She dislikes crowds; ignores small talk; and speaks in direct, uncomplicated sentences. She cannot be flattered or distracted. She is not impressed by other people’s celebrity, nor does she seem to have interest in her own growing fame.” 

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“But these very qualities have helped make her a global sensation. Where others smile to cut the tension, Thunberg is withering. Where others speak the language of hope, Thunberg repeats the unassailable science: Oceans will rise. Cities will flood. Millions of people will suffer." 

Greta told Time, “I see the world in black and white, and I don’t like compromising. If I were like everyone else, I would have continued on and not seen this crisis.” 

She said, “We can’t just continue living as if there was no tomorrow because there is a tomorrow. That is all we are saying.”

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