Climate activist Greta Thunberg has been named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year.
The Swedish teenager has become a worldwide icon over 2019, spearheading the activist movement on climate change having first protested alone outside her homeland’s parliament when she was 15.
Her initiative to strike from school galvanised pupils and students across the world to follow her lead and demand the world’s leaders up their efforts to save the planet.
Hundreds of thousands across the globe have since participated in mass demonstrations, including in Scotland where mass protests have taken place in the likes of Glasgow’s George Square.
Thunberg has also spoken in front of the United Nations and the US Congress, as well as making the journey to a climate change conference by yacht across the Atlantic to cut the carbon footprint of taking a flight.
— TIME (@TIME) December 11, 2019
Time Magazine has been giving the honour to those who “for better or worse….do the most to influence to events of the year” since 1927.
Donald Trump was Person of the Year in 2016, followed by figureheads of the Me Too movement in 2017 and journalists who faced persecution, arrest or murder for their reporting in 2018.