Greta Thunberg is the youngest person of the year of TIME


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Congratulations are in order for Greta Thunberg.

The 16-year-old climate activist has been named HOURPerson of the year 2019. According to the magazine, she is the youngest person to receive the honor. In fact, the publication claims that a teenager was never given the title before Thunberg. Up to this point, Charles Lindberghwho was named HOURThe Person of the Year from 1927 at age 25 was the youngest recipient.

"That Thunberg is the youngest individual ever named HOURThe Person of the Year says as much about the moment as about her " HOUR chief editor Edward Felsenthal writes "The 92-year-old franchise has its roots in the so-called theory of the history of the Great Man, the notion that powerful people shape the world. Historically, that has meant people who climbed the stairs of the main organizations and felt at home, the corridors of power. But at this time when so many traditional institutions seem to be failing, amidst the amazing inequality and social turmoil and political paralysis, we are seeing new types of influence that take over people like Thunberg, leaders with a cause and a telephone that do not fit the old rubrics but that connect with us in a way that institutions cannot and perhaps never could. "

In the magazine, Thunberg is applauded for his demands for action.

"A significant change rarely occurs without the galvanizing force of influential individuals, and in 2019, the existential crisis on Earth found one in Greta Thunberg," Felsenthal continues. "Organizing protests of & # 39; Friday for the Future & # 39; across Europe; thunderous, & # 39; How dare you! & # 39; before the most powerful leaders in the world in their UN viral speech; leading About 7 million climate strikers worldwide in September and tens of thousands more in Madrid at the beginning of December, Thunberg has become the biggest voice on the biggest problem facing the planet, and the avatar of a generational change broader in our culture that is developing everywhere, from the campuses of Hong Kong to the halls of Congress in Washington. "


The piece details its environmental efforts, including its strikes and calls from world leaders, and calls it "the icon of a generation." Thunberg also talks about a number of topics, from fighting for change to having Asperger's Syndrome.

"I see the world in black and white, and I don't like to compromise," he told the publication. "If I were like everyone else, I would have continued and not seen this crisis."

She also calls readers to take a stand.

"We cannot continue to live as if there was no tomorrow, because there is a tomorrow," he said in a moment. "That's all we are saying."

Thunberg is not the only one recognized this year. Lizzo She is also named Artist of the Year and the US Women's National Soccer Team. UU. He has the title of Athlete of the Year.

To read the complete piece, look Times new edition.