Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old that stood up to the UN this year and asked “how dare” they prioritize monetary gain over the planet, has been named the 2019 Person of the Year by Times Magazine.
This news comes at the same time that Australia media is reporting that over 20,000 protestors are marching in Sydney right now to demand proper steps be taken towards halting climate change.
Time Magazine considers several people for their Person of the Year, and Thunberg wasn’t the only name on the shortlist.
According to the magazine, they also considered President Donald Trump, who will be delighted to know he lost to a 16-year-old girl, as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who brought impeachment to the House this year, and the whistleblower for the Ukraine phone call scandal that set off a series of events in politics that hasn’t been seen in decades.
In September, Thunberg gave an impassioned speech to the UN that almost immediately went viral, where the teenager accused everyone in the room of prioritizing “eternal fairy tales of economic growth” instead of the real priorities – climate change.
“How dare you?” She asked them.
She also spoke in front of the Senate while she was in the US, pleading with them to make the right call and take climate change seriously. Many memes were spawned from her glaring at Donald Trump during her time spent around world leaders.
Thunberg has organized rallies for climate change reform that included millions of people and has spawned a movement among the youth of the world. This year alone, the Swedish teen has participated in protests in NYC, LA, Iowa City, Denver, and Charlotte.
Thunberg’s passion for climate change is contagious. In Sydney, over 20,000 have marched in support of climate change reform.
If you don’t live in Australia you may not know it, but much of New South Wales, Australia, is on fire right now. A hot, dry summer and intense winds have created the perfect conditions for disaster.
The event was called “NSW is Burning, Sydney is Choking – Climate Emergency Rally,” and took just a week to go from conception to action for this Australia city.