(WJW) - A 16-year-old climate activist beat out President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Whistleblower to be TIME's 2019 Person of the year.
Greta Thunberg is a Swedish-born teen who has received global fame for her climate activism.
She sailed to America from the U.K. by boat to make a carbon-neutral transatlantic crossing.
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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 @gretathunberg. Meaningful change rarely happens without the galvanizing force of influential individuals, writes editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal, and in 2019, the earth's existential crisis found one in Thunberg. For that reason, she is TIME's 2019 Person of the Year. Read more about the #TIMEPOY choice at the link in bio. Photograph by @evgenia_arbugaeva for TIME; Video by @maxim_arbugaev for TIME
"Meaningful change rarely happens without the galvanizing force of influential individuals," writes editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal, "And in 2019, the earth's existential crisis found one in Thunberg."
Thunberg has spoken in front of the United Nations and the United States Congress.
When she appeared before Congress, Thunberg submitted a 2018 United Nations global warming report.
“I don't want you to listen to me. I want you to listen to the scientists, and I want you to unite behind the science," she said.