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Why is Greta Thunberg TIME'S Person of the Year?

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Maximillian Hermann
December 11, 2019 10:26PM

TIME’s former managing editor, Walter Isaacson, laid out the criteria for Person of the Year in 1998. The title goes to “the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year, for better or for worse.” While the results of online polls are considered, the magazine’s editorial staff makes the final selection.

Greta Thunberg is a 16-year-old climate change activist from Stockholm, Sweden. In August 2018, she skipped school and camped out in front of Swedish Parliament to bring awareness to climate change. “In the 16 months since,” TIME wrote, “she has addressed heads of state at the U.N., met with the Pope, sparred with the President of the United States and inspired 4 million people to join the global climate strike on September 20, 2019, in what was the largest climate demonstration in human history.”

Through her activism, Thunberg has legitimately influenced policy. Following her words to British Parliament and demonstrations with environmental group Extinction Rebellion, the U.K. passed a law requiring it to eliminate its carbon footprint.

“She is an ordinary teenage girl who, in summoning the courage to speak truth to power, became the icon of a generation,” TIME wrote.

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Ruth Bodeman
December 12, 2019 9:48PM
Because she's an amazing girl who is inspiring the world and other young people to take action agianst the REAL potentially apocalyptic, climate crisis. Because of Greta people are listening. This girl is SMART and speaks only the truth. She is doing this on her own, with the support of her parents. I am thrilled to see Greta Thunburg as Times Person of the Year. She deserves this and so much more great things.
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Freddy Patterson
December 15, 2019 8:44AM
Because Time Mag and this KID are both morons, if you drink their Cool-Aid you are the same!
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Megan Cannella
December 14, 2019 5:07PM
She looks like shes ready to flip out in every picture!
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Nick Gamer
December 12, 2019 8:24PM
because she is sugar daddy
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Remmy J. Knowings
December 12, 2019 5:36PM
Because of how they burn her out.., she won't make it untill next years award?
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Sabrina Barfield
December 12, 2019 4:51PM
He is not he is a idait
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