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For many, the most significant milestone to achieve at age 16 is getting your driver’s license. For climate crisis activist Greta Thunberg, it’s becoming Time‘s Person of the Year—the youngest ever.
The outlet announced the honor on the Today show, only the latest accolade for Thunberg in a 2019 where she’s been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, spoken at the United Nations Climate Action Summit, and encouraged millions to join the global climate strike in September—the largest demonstration of its kind.
The publication notes that her ascent to public notoriety began in August 2018 after she skipped school to protest climate change outside of the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm, her home country. In the 16 months since, Thunberg started Fridays for Future—in which thousands of young people participate in climate strikes, met the Pope, and threw shade at the President of the United States.
Time‘s other 2019 honorees include the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team as Athlete of the Year, Lizzo as Entertainer of the Year, Disney CEO Bob Iger as Businessperson of the Year, and The Public Servants as Guardians of the Year.
The outlet also unveiled the other four finalists for Person of the Year, which included President Donald Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Whistleblower in the Trump-Ukraine scandal, and the Hong Kong protesters.
Last year, the title of Time‘s Person of the Year went to The Guardians—a group of journalists speaking truth to power, including Jamal Khashoggi. In 2017, The Silence Breakers were named, which signified women who had come forward about their sexual harrassment and assault, sparking the #MeToo movement.