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Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg named Time's 2019 Person of the Year

Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg named Time's 2019 Person of the Year
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Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg named Time's 2019 Person of the Year
Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has been named Time magazine's 2019 Person of the Year, the publication revealed Wednesday.The 16-year-old initiated a lone school strike for the climate outside Swedish Parliament last year, which sparked millions of schoolchildren from around the world to skip school in a global climate strike."We can’t just continue living as if there was no tomorrow, because there is a tomorrow," she told Time. "That is all we are saying."She's the youngest person to be named a Time Person of the Year in the magazine's 92-year tradition, according to Time Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal.In September, Thunberg made international headlines after speaking at the United Nations climate action summit.She admonished world leaders for their inaction on climate change during her passionate, four-minute speech."This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here," Thunberg said, in part. "I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you have come to us young people for hope. How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words."In response, President Donald Trump addressed Thunberg on Twitter, saying, "She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!"Thunberg, who has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, calls it her "superpower" that helps her activism and keeps her focused, she told CNN."My diagnosis has definitely helped me keep this focus. When you are interested about something, you just continue to read about it and you get super focused," she said.When she was 11 years old, she was so disturbed by the climate crisis that she stopped eating and fell into a depression, losing 20 pounds in a matter of two months.She was also diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder and selective mutism during that time, she said at TEDxStockholm in November 2018."I think, in many ways, that we autistic are the normal ones, and the rest of the people are pretty strange,” she said at TEDxStockholm. “Especially when it comes to the sustainability crisis, where everyone keeps saying climate change is an existential threat and the most important issue of all, and yet they just carry on like before."I don't understand that, because if the emissions have to stop, then we must stop the emissions. To me, that is black or white. There are no gray areas when it comes to survival. Either we go on as a civilization or we don't. We have to change."She also tries to limit her carbon footprint in her everyday life, eating a vegan diet and choosing not to fly on planes.

Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has been named Time magazine's 2019 Person of the Year, the publication revealed Wednesday.

The 16-year-old initiated a lone school strike for the climate outside Swedish Parliament last year, which sparked millions of schoolchildren from around the world to skip school in a global climate strike.

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"We can’t just continue living as if there was no tomorrow, because there is a tomorrow," she told Time. "That is all we are saying."

She's the youngest person to be named a Time Person of the Year in the magazine's 92-year tradition, according to Time Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal.

In September, Thunberg made international headlines after speaking at the United Nations climate action summit.

She admonished world leaders for their inaction on climate change during her passionate, four-minute speech.

"This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here," Thunberg said, in part. "I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you have come to us young people for hope. How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words."

In response, President Donald Trump addressed Thunberg on Twitter, saying, "She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!"

Thunberg, who has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, calls it her "superpower" that helps her activism and keeps her focused, she told CNN.

"My diagnosis has definitely helped me keep this focus. When you are interested about something, you just continue to read about it and you get super focused," she said.

When she was 11 years old, she was so disturbed by the climate crisis that she stopped eating and fell into a depression, losing 20 pounds in a matter of two months.

She was also diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder and selective mutism during that time, she said at TEDxStockholm in November 2018.

"I think, in many ways, that we autistic are the normal ones, and the rest of the people are pretty strange,” she said at TEDxStockholm. “Especially when it comes to the sustainability crisis, where everyone keeps saying climate change is an existential threat and the most important issue of all, and yet they just carry on like before.

"I don't understand that, because if the emissions have to stop, then we must stop the emissions. To me, that is black or white. There are no gray areas when it comes to survival. Either we go on as a civilization or we don't. We have to change."

She also tries to limit her carbon footprint in her everyday life, eating a vegan diet and choosing not to fly on planes.