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Greta Thunberg named Time magazine's Person of the Year

The magazine cover has a picture of Thunberg with the subtitle “The Power of Youth.”

SWEDISH CLIMATE ACTIVIST Greta Thunberg has been chosen as Time magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year.

The 16-year-old has found herself in the role of spokesperson for a generation haunted by climate emergency since her solo strike against global warming outside Sweden’s parliament last year.

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

The magazine interviewed the teenager aboard the sailboat that took her from the United States to Europe after a hectic 11-week North American trip to several US cities and Canada.

Thunberg has taken her disarmingly straightforward message – “listen to the scientists” – to global decision-makers, accusing them of inaction.

The Swedish activist was in Madrid as the award was announced, at a UN climate forum tasked with saving the world from runaway global warming.

“The politics of climate action are as entrenched and complex as the phenomenon itself, and Thunberg has no magic solution,” Time wrote in the interview.

“But she has succeeded in creating a global attitudinal shift, transforming millions of vague, middle-of-the-night anxieties into a worldwide movement calling for urgent change.

She has offered a moral clarion call to those who are willing to act, and hurled shame on those who are not.

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The magazine cover has a picture of Thunberg with the subtitle “The Power of Youth.”

Thunberg, who is known for her blunt, straightforward speaking manner, turns 17 in January.

- © AFP 2019

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