Check It Out

Meet Time’s Youngest Person of the Year

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, is the youngest person to be named Time's Person of the Year. MUST CREDIT: Time

On Dec. 12, Greta Thunberg, the Swedish 16-year-old, who has mobilized millions of people to fight climate change and condemned leaders’ inaction, was named Time’s Person of the Year—the magazine’s youngest.


Thunberg represents a broader phenomenon of young people pushing for change, Time Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal said, pointing to the Parkland, Florida, high school students who became a leading voice on gun control as well as another finalist for 2019 Person of the Year, the Hong Kong protesters who have spent months in the streets urging democratic reform.

Thunberg, showing appreciation to the millions of people who share her ideals, credited this award to “climate activists everywhere.” WT

This was adapted from an article by Hannah Knowles in the Dec. 11 Washington Post.