Dec 11, 2019

Greta Thunberg is Time's 2019 Person of the Year

Greta Thunberg. Photo: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has become the youngest person, at the age of 16 years old, to be selected as Time Magazine's Person of the Year.

Context: Thunberg has received international attention and praise for her work to raise awareness on climate change — symbolizing a generational movement against the issue. She inspired millions of students to go on strike earlier this year, demanding governments take action against pollution.

What they're saying:

"Thunberg stands on the shoulders—and at the side—of hundreds of thousands of others who’ve been blockading the streets and settling the science, many of them since before she was born."
— Edward Felsenthal, Time Magazine editor-in-chief

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Greta Thunberg: "I wouldn't have wasted my time" meeting with Trump

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16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg told BBC Radio 4 on Monday that she wouldn't have wasted her time meeting with President Trump at September's UN climate summit in New York.

"Honestly, I don’t think I would have said anything because obviously he’s not listening to scientists and experts, so why would he listen to me? ... So I probably wouldn’t have said anything. I wouldn’t have wasted my time."

The big picture: Thunberg's activism received praise and criticism across the globe in 2019, as she was named Time's Person of the Year but also faced Twitter criticism from Trump, who said she needs to "work on her Anger Management problem."

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Trump calls Time's decision to name Greta Thunberg as Person of the Year "so ridiculous"

President Trump called TIME's decision to name 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg as its 2019 Person of the Year "so ridiculous" in a Thursday tweet.

"So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!"

The big picture: Thunberg — who has openly discussed the fact that she has been diagnosed with Asperger's, which is on the autism spectrum — fired back by changing her Twitter bio to read, "A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend."

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"SNL" cold open weighs in on Trump and climate activist Greta Thunberg

A screenshot of "SNL" star Kate McKinnon as climate activist Greta Thunberg on the latest "Saturday Night Live" episode. Photo: NBC

"Saturday Night Live" star Kate McKinnon stole the show as climate activist Greta Thunberg responding to President Trump's criticism of her, as "SNL" skewered a range of topics in its latest cold open.

Donald Trump, step to me and I will come at you like a plastic straw comes at a turtle. And I cannot believe I’m saying this to a 70-year-old man, but grow up."
— "SNL" star Kate McKinnon as Thunberg
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