The "Time" magazine named young Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg Personality of the Year. In the rationale, the respected US news magazine said the 16-year-old had managed to "turn concerns about the planet into a global movement that demands global change." On the front page of the magazine is a photo of Thunberg with the title "The Power of Youth".
Thunberg had become known worldwide for its climate protection through its school strikes. It has inspired millions of young people around the world for the regular Friday-for-Future demonstrations, but it is also being criticized time and again. The 16-year-old has already been awarded the Alternative Nobel Prize and the International Children's Peace Prize this year for her work.
"Most convincing voice"
"Greta Thunberg has become the most convincing voice to the most important matter of our planet", now "Time" justified his decision. What started with an indignant teenager and a sudden outbreak of rebellion has become one of the most unlikely and fastest ascents to global influence in world history.
The young people, who once protested lonely in front of the parliament in Stockholm, had become the leader of a worldwide youth movement in just over a year.
Every year since 1927, the Time magazine has selected the most influential personalities of the year. Last year, the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was honored posthumously, along with other reporters. Among those honored were Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Donald Trump, Queen Elizabeth II or Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela, Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.
The "Person of the Year" award was originally named "Man of the Year", but was renamed after 1999. In addition to persons but also the computer or even "people under 25" have received the award.