It's been a pretty busy year for climate change activist, Greta Thunberg.
The teen bagged the 2019 Right Livelihood Award, which is widely known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize," for her pioneering work in the youth climate change movement, scooping up a pretty impressive cash prize and now TIME Magazine has just honored Thunberg with their most prestigious title - and it's a record-breaking win.
However, a lot of people weren't happy with the result, but TIME have stood by their decision and explained why they chose Thunberg... And it all makes sense!
Keep scrolling to see exactly what they said.
Greta Thunberg has become the face of the youth climate change movement.
Just a year ago, she was relatively unknown.
via: TwitterGreta would regularly sit on her own outside Swedish parliament, first staging a "School Strike for Climate" in August last year. In the weeks leading up to the country’s general election, Thunberg sat on the steps outside of the parliament building in Stockholm, holding up the now-iconic sign that read “Skolstrejk För Klimatet" — translating to “school strike for climate."
The teen sat outside the building during school hours for 3 weeks.Paris Agreement. By sacrificing her education to protest for action, the teen began to conjure up attention and gain traction online.
Her unwavering commitment to the environment has woken the rest of the world.
Thunberg is known for delivering blistering, matter-of-fact speeches about the urgency of what she calls the "climate crisis."
Her message is clear: we need to act now.According to the United Nations, humanity has under twelve years to prevent a climate change crisis. A report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) at the end of 2018 called for immediate “unprecedented changes" to all aspects of society.
If we do not act, the future, if there is one at all, will be very bleak.
Thunberg has gone to great lengths to fight her cause.
Little by little, her trailblazing activism seems to be sinking in.Live Kindly, earlier this year, Mohammed Barkindo — the secretary-general of OPEC (the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) — acknowledged public opinion surrounding the climate crisis as a threat to the oil industry.
And her youth school strike movement is growing on a mass scale.
But, Thunberg's movement has been met with waves of criticism.
But her critics don't phase her...
On my way to the United Nations. Today I’m speaking in the General Assembly at the Climate Action Summit. This is s… https://t.co/MXRAyXjec0— Greta Thunberg (@Greta Thunberg)1569243289.0
The event is dedicated to world leaders sharing climate solutions and new pledges for climate action.
As she spoke, the teen got visibly emotional.
via: YouTube"People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!" She continued: "How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you are doing enough when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight." "You say you 'hear' us and that you understand the urgency. But no matter how sad and angry I am, I don’t want to believe that. Because if you fully understood the situation and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil. And I refuse to believe that."
She concluded with a poignant message: change is coming, whether you like it or not.
via: YouTube"You are failing us. But young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you. "We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not."
After her speech, the teen activist happened to cross paths with Donald Trump in the lobby.
I’ll tell you one thing Greta Thunberg does not have and that’s a future in professional poker. https://t.co/cAznzjWbeW— 🏳️🌈 Max 🏳️🌈 (@🏳️🌈 Max 🏳️🌈)1569308707.0
The video went viral online.When faced with one of the world's most powerful leaders, Thunberg remained fearless, and her death stare has become something of an internet sensation.
As you'd expect, Donald Trump had something to say about the whole thing.In usual Trump-style, he took to Twitter to seemingly mock the teen, writing, "She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!" above a video of her speech.
His swipe radiated sarcasm.
@realDonaldTrump The President of the United States making a sarcastic, snide comment to make fun of a 16-year-old… https://t.co/GOHBf2wpum— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD)1569296379.0
Overall, it's been a busy year for the teen.2019 Right Livelihood Award, which is widely known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize."
Thunberg was honored with the prize for her "inspiring" work.he Right Livelihood Foundation, "Thunberg is the powerful voice of a young generation that will have to bear the consequences of today's political failure to stop climate change."
But her he biggest win of the year - Thunberg has been awarded the title of TIME's Person of the Year.Impressive in itself - but Thunberg also marks the youngest person ever to receive this title.
She beat out some fierce competition.Thunberg was honored over other nominees including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the CIA whistleblower who triggered Trump's impeachment proceedings, and Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters.
"She became the biggest voice on the biggest issue facing the planet this year, coming from essentially nowhere to lead a worldwide movement."
via: Time"She embodies youth activism. Her rise in influence has been really extraordinary. She was a solo protester with a hand-painted sign 14 months ago. She's now led millions of people around the world, 150 countries, to act on behalf of the planet, and she's really been a key driver this year taking this issue from backstage to center," said TIME's Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal.
Thunberg wasn't the only one honored.
via: TimeAlongside Person of the Year, TIME launched four new categories to celebrate other important figures from 2019, including the US women's soccer team and Lizzo.
It really as been Thunberg's year.
However, some people don't seem to understand why she won the award...I thought TIME made it pretty clear, but if some of you guys need a more thorough explanation, then here you go.
The magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal published a follow-up that outlined the reasons behind their choice.
“For sounding the alarm about humanity’s predatory relationship with the only home we have ... for showing us all w… https://t.co/hGxgecJGTk— Edward Felsenthal (@Edward Felsenthal)1576068266.0
via: Getty Images"She is also the first to note that her privileged background makes her ‘one of the lucky ones’ as she puts it, in a crisis that disproportionately affects poor and indigenous communities. But this was the year the climate crisis went from behind the curtain to center stage, from ambient political noise to squarely on the world’s agenda, and no one did more to make that happen than Thunberg."
Congratulations to the climate activist!
via: Getty ImagesAnd to all you haters out there, I don't think Thunberg will be able to hear you over all the applause anyway.